Brad do you know the turnaround on this? Thanks.
As a freelancer I always ask for a budget right out. And honestly this is a corporate company. I would mid to high ball them (80-90% of what they are willing to spend so they feel they get a little bit of wiggle room) - only after you get what they are willing to spend. I also do the 9-5 and my time outside of that is extremely valuable, so I must value that when doing projects as well. Don't sell yourself short - all the time and effort is sometimes priceless - especially when they have you at speed dial (which I think is ok -the better vision they have to give you the more information you have to use). Your client will go off of your command as well. If you give them floppy details, they will return you with floppy details. Definitely have set standards you use, but overall every client is different with a different budget, so I would go from there as far as charging goes. And if there is a number you will absolutely not go under then don't go under that. Favors won't get you to your goals. (I exclude creative/experiemtals situations from this, sometimes that hinders the process).