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How to Prepare a Quote for a Job

The closest meaning I've found in dictionaries is an estimate, but what does a job estimate mean? Is it all about telling the employer my rate?

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    A "job" can also mean a "project". The quote states the price you are going to charge for the completed work product and the scope of the work and it can include ancillary details like a promised delivery date and a payment schedule, if payment is not in one lump sum upon delivery but is broken out into a downpayment, another partial payment upon delivery, and then a final payment after a testing period and final acceptance of the work.
    – TimR
    Nov 7, 2018 at 23:10
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo: I believe that is an answer, not a comment.
    – sharur
    Nov 7, 2018 at 23:28
  • @sharur: You're welcome to your beliefs. To me, it looks like a comment. :)
    – TimR
    Nov 8, 2018 at 10:13

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If someone asks you to do a job, for example, they ask you to make a website, they will ask you how much you will charge before you begin work.

They will ask you to give them a "quote" or an "estimate". The difference is that an "estimate" may be changed later, if there are unexpected problems. A quote should be a fixed price (in practice this distinction may not be strictly observed).

A client will probably get several quotes and choose the cheapest that fulfils their requirements. If a client asks for a quote you should tell them how much you would charge to do the job.

This only applies to contract work, not salaries or wage-work.

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