Advice on pricing for a client... in Going Pro Posted January 3 · Report reply 19 hours ago, Mr. Mc Jones said: I actually started to charge a cover fee for an estimate in the end. That way if it costs a lot of time and effort to research, develop, design, provide samples and consult on a project to get the pricing info together, I didn’t work for free. Thats one way to seperate the tire kickers from actual customers. Let them know that you charge a design fee up front In the inital meeting. It will be added to the cost of the piece when you recieve their deposit. I wouldnt charge repeat customers though. Especially if they referred clients to you. Thanks Mr. Mc Jones - Actually, I should clarify... I charge a cover fee up front for development etc but it comes out of the down payment if they place an order if that makes sense?