I have quite the eccentric client who wants to move all his ecommerce websites (about 5-10, all PHP/MySQL) to his own web server that I'm supposed to build. He doesn't want to hear anything about VPS hosting and all the issues and expenses related to owning a server. My responsibility would be to buy all the hardware, install and configure software, etc. How much should I charge for this? I'm planning to start with two relatively moderate Dell PowerEdge C2100 servers, one for web (NGINX), one for db (MySQL).
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Make a time estimate, multiply by an uncertainty factor of 2 and your hourly rate. Multiply the result by the "pain factor" which is a function of the pain you feel when talking to eccentric clients several times a day and the probability of the client regarding every subsequent change as a rectification of defects which has to be done at no additional charge. Season with trailing zeros to taste.