Originally Posted by EduFurtado
One thing that keeps me from going into freelancing is: how would I develop the integration with credit cards or paypal, for example?
In the companies where I have worked this was never my task to develop and honestly I would have no idea how to do it if a client asked me to make a website where people could actually pay online.
find someone else who can do this for you, a company that offers a full service package, or another freelancer.
re how much does it cost? $2000 minimum if u want decent site, credit cards, and have next to no products, design and build site yourself. for medium size company $200 000 - $500 000+ higher end full ERP package, 10 000+(+) products, inventory management, google analytics, data visualisation software, etc etc .
eg NetSuite and custom sites on multiple .coms, all fed from one database, and everything you need to manage your marketing.
PPC comes into the mix aswell.
I wouldn't offer this service myself at the moment, but I do work on these types of projects right now. and were I to dabble in this field, I wouldn't even want to talk to anyone about building an ecommerce website for less than $10 000, and all I would do is hand it off to a team and draw them a website mockup. id just take whatever it costs, add some money, and charge my client that.
what kills you freelancing is not being able to estimate jobs correctly. in any field of work. so just make sure if your going to give a hard # that you are getting paid the big bucks. then no matter what happens you wont lose $$. next, as rediaf mentioned, its a good idea to try to get your client comfortable with an estimate as opposed to a hard figure, another safety net for you if costs run out of control. as long as you do good work your client will be happy to pay whatever it costs, in my experience.
definite good advice (you had to read this far to get it)
if you are designing ecommerce websites, spend a lot of time looking at what else is out there, specifically your competitors, and their strategy in terms of site navigation, promotions, and user experience improvement features like responsive design, menu design and locations, what specs are on product detail pages.
if you look around and 3 big dogs are all doing x, you can bet x is a decent way to make money.