Thanks, great reply.
Huh, there is a business license for this? I wasn't even thinking of it as starting a business. The kind of jobs I was considering were smaller than a site, like when someone wants a page or two, or something fixed up. I was thinking along these lines not because I don't think I couldn't make websites, but because I thought I might be able to do it without becoming business-like.
I don't know anyone who does this personally, so I am not sure how I would check for pricing in my area. As well, the jobs could span the globe, so I don't know why my area matters.. There got to be somewhere where people are broadcasting prices, so I'll just have to look around I suppose.
A contract, hm? That seems ironic. For small tasks in web development (unless I am way off the mark on pricing), I don't see any way it would be benificial to persue legal action against a non-payer. The legal costs would immediately dwarf the payment! If the client didn't have a fax machine, the time waiting for the contract to traverse the post would be a great times longer than the actual job takes as well. For the scale of the jobs I was intending to undertake I was hoping that avoiding fishy clients, asking for a down-payment, and other wise using an honor-agreement would be enough.
Thanks again tracknut, appreciate it.