AI Project Pricing

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Pricing Methodology

How we price our AI projects

The Pricing Process

We create a bespoke pricing structure for each project. We do this by first understanding your business goals by engaging in a discussion about the project, the intended solution, and ways of working. Depending on how well-defined a project is, together we then decide what type of contract is most appropriate and what the pricing structure should be. We have several different pricing structures that we can use, and we will work with you to find the best one for your project.

The process involves:

Step Task Goal
1 Initial video call to discuss the project Understand the goals and ensure we are a good fit
2 Second video call to discuss pricing structure Agree on the pricing structure and contract type
3 Present proposal Agree on the scope of the project and the pricing structure
4 Sign contract Agree on the contract and start the project

AI Pricing Structures

If the project involves a lot of research and development, and the specific tasks are not known ahead of time, then we typically engage in a time and materials contract. This is a good option for projects that are not well defined, or for projects that are likely to change scope during the project. The vast majority of our ongoing development projects are structured in this way, to give you the flexibility required to deliver the most value to your business.

If the project is well-defined, and the tasks are known ahead of time, then we sometimes engage in a fixed-price contract. Based on these tasks we develop a project plan summary. We use the summary to create an estimate of the costs. This is a good option for projects that are unlikely to change scope during the project. We often use this approach for proof-of-concept projects, where the scope is well-defined, and the project is likely to be completed within a few months. We often include phasing into the fixed-price contract, so that you can pay for the project in stages, or pull out if the project is not delivering value.

There is also a middle ground, a fixed-time contract, where the budget is constrained but deliverables are not guaranteed.

How We Work

Our work comprises of three dimensions: the type of project, the type of work, and the type of contract.

Type Of Common Examples
Project
ML
RL
MLOps
AI
Work
Development
Consulting
Contract
Time & Materials
Fixed Cost
Time & Materials with Minimum

Main Factors Affecting the Price of an AI Project

The main factors that impact the size and therefore the cost of AI projects are:

Factor Example
Work/Project type consulting vs. development, ML, RL, MLOps
Complexity of the domain simple industrial control vs. complex medical imaging
Impact of the problem minor process improvements vs. safety-critical
Size of the problem data analysis vs. global-scale production
Risks involved when accepting a contract fixed-cost contract with immature company vs. a time and materials contract with a mature company
In general,
Consulting
is more expensive than
Development
. In the long run,
Fixed Cost
projects are more expensive than
Time & Materials
. We charge a similar amount for all types of project.

Indicative AI Project Pricing

Project pricing depends on many factors, but below we present some examples.

The examples below represent real projects that we have worked on. These are not intended to be a quote for your project, but rather to give you an idea of the pricing structures of similar projects. For your project, we will need to develop a bespoke quote.
MLOps Platform Development

MLOps Platform Development

MLOps
Development
Time & Materials

A mid-sized business required experience MLOps engineers to help them build and operate their machine learning platform. The goal was to augment their existing team to expand their capabilities and upskill their engineers.

Winder.AI engaged to provide engineers with specialist MLOps skills to develop their ML platform and lasted for approximately 9 months. The project was structured as a time-materials contract.

Indicative price: £150-300 / hour

Reinforcement Learning Development

Reinforcement Learning Development

RL
Development
Fixed Cost

A startup required a reinforcement learning-based solution that optimizes a health and lifestyle-based process. The goal was to deliver a production-ready solution that could be integrated into the startup’s existing product.

The startup had no data to begin with, and the solution was to be developed from scratch. The lack of data and greenfield development meant that the project was split into 7 phases and will be delivered over 6 months. The project was structured as a fixed-cost project and this proposal was to be embedded inside a subsequent grant proposal.

Indicative price: £100k-200k

Reinforcement Learning Consulting

Reinforcement Learning Consulting

RL
Consulting
Time & Materials with Minimum

A large business needed help to develop their novel RL solution. They began an RL project and found that their agent wasn’t learning as they expected. Rather than waste more time they engaged world-leading RL agency, Winder.AI. The goal was to evaluate what they had done, find the issues, and suggest improvements; all whilst upskilling their developers.

Winder.AI provided ad-hoc RL consulting to help them overcome their issues. The project was structured as a time and materials contract with a minimum contract size.

Indicative price: £350 / hour, min. £5k / month

AI Product Development

AI Product Development

AI
Development
Time & Materials

A startup with significant capital wanted to develop a new product. They required engineers with a unique set of skills: product development, software engineering, and data engineering. Winder.AI’s reputation of developing AI products proceeded us, and our client came to us directly. The goal was to help the client push the development and adoption of their new product.

Winder.AI provided a team of three software-oriented data engineers to help them develop their product. The project was structured as a time and materials contract.

Indicative price: £150 - £300 / hour

MLOps Consulting

MLOps Consulting

MLOps
Consulting
Fixed Cost

A small but mature AI business wanted to update their ageing MLOps platform. Previous successful engagements led to this project where they asked Winder.AI to provide an expert MLOps consulting and architecture design service.

Winder.AI provided an analysis and a new design to fulfil their ML needs. The project took approximately 2 months and was performed on a fixed-cost basis.

Indicative price: £10k-20k

Machine Learning Research & Development

Machine Learning Research & Development

ML
Development
Fixed Cost

A large business needed help from Winder.AI’s experienced machine learning engineers to research and develop a novel natural language processing (NLP) use case. The goal was to deliver a production-ready solution that could be integrated into an existing product.

The business did not have any MLOps infrastructure to begin with, so we also developed the tooling and processes to manage our machine learning models. The project was split into three major phases and was delivered over 6 months. The project was structured as a fixed-cost project and included within the budget of a larger project.

Indicative price: £100k-250k

Download An Example AI Quotation

The team at Winder.AI are ready to collaborate with you on your AI project. Use the form below to download detailed proposals and quotations for any of the projects described above. Alternatively, you can contact us in another way.