hourly rate to update computers and other stuff

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  1. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    small office.

    update service packs on 7 computers and 1 server.

    install new ram on 5 computers.

    implement new backup process for server.


    i have no idea what to charge these company.
     
  2. CodeX

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    minimum wage to minimum wage + ~5 bucks an hour.
     
  3. DigiCrime

    DigiCrime If Only!

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    companys probably charge 80-100 an hour but pay the employees min wage or just above min wage. avg national rate is about 60 an hour. pitch em a bid and see what happens
     
  4. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    How stupid are they?
     
  5. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i was paid $30 an hour to do similar work

    it was my cousin and uncle's business though...
     
  6. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    my dentist for the past ~7 years.
     
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    same deal. well it wasn't my cousin, it was my ex-stepmom's business :mamoru:
     
  8. CodeX

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    It probably depends on the area, but I looked into jobs like this while I was going to school, and seemed like there were endless waves of tech students trying to get stupid jobs like this so the wages were driven to rock bottom... really, I saw plenty of "server maintenance/upgrade" type jobs for barely above minimum wage.
     
  9. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I wouldn't fuck with my dentist :rofl:

    $75 is a nice round number - not less than $50.
     
  10. 7960

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    $100 to show up.

    $60/hr, and be fair about it...don't charge them for fucking around. Actually work and get it done in a reasonable amount of time.

    update service packs on 7 computers and 1 server = 2hrs

    install new ram on 5 computers = 20 min

    implement new backup process for server......... this one is tricky. It takes as long as it takes. If i had to guess, I'd say 4 hours to include testing.


    total, 7 hours * $60 + $100 = $500 (rounded).
     
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    :ugh: ........ per hour?
     
  12. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    That is the question at hand, yes.
     
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    $100 just for showing up? Why? Just charge an hourly rate that is less than a company would charge, get in there and get it done.
     
  14. crontab

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    charge whatever someone else charges within the area..

    local pc shops, pc services, best buy, etc...
     
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    because more than once I've shown up and ended up doing little more than rebooting a PC, and then the guy pulls the "here's $20 for your trouble" bullshit.

    $100 to show up.

    Actually, I left a line out and my math is wrong. That $100 covers the first hour, so it should have been


    7 hour job. $100 covers the first hour:

    total, $100 + (6 hours * $60) = $460.



    but if you have a relationship with the guy (known for 11 years) and you think you can get more business out of him, cut your price.

    so write up the bill exactly like above, then draw a line through it and write "25% discount" and subtract $115 and bill him for $345.
     
  16. Fase

    Fase Your Face, In A Pickle Jar.

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    All the time jobs sound like quick easy fixes, until you find out that the person who gave you details/description of the problem and it ends up being completely wrong and it ends up being something else that takes far longer time. That and the whole 'since you're here, can you set up my wireless network, check my PC for viruses, install this program for me, etc'.

    5 minute jobs turn into hours all the time.
     
  17. CodeX

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    If you guys can really make 60+ bucks an hour installing components and backing up hard drives then what the FUCK am I doing writing time-critical code for embedded processors for peanuts?
     
  18. DigiCrime

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    Hes got a point I been there several times. Our company charged $80 an hour rates and it never fails you show up for something you think will take an hour and only goes 5 mins. Or something that should have taken that hour but you are there longer then you had anticipated. If you charge an hourly rate for your services you always charge for just showing up. You just never know what you are getting into
     
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    If its cash in hand I would do it for $20/hr If it has to be taxed and other BS at least double that
     
  20. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    if you work for a company, health benefits and all the other crap are not cheap.


    my old company enjoyed reminding us how much we cost them.
     
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    and on the flip side of this, I often tell people "you paid $100 for the hour and that took 10 minutes. Anything else you want me to check out?"

    Those two sentences get me more repeat business..........they actually think I'm doing them a favor.
     
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    because you get a guaranteed check at the end of ever week or two.

    i get $60/hr but I might do it for 5-10 hours per MONTH.
     
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    Matters how fast their computers are.
     
  24. Peyomp

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    Thats a good question.

    Nobody thats a professional contractor should be taking a dump for < $50 an hour, I don't care if you polish PCs with a rag. And thats an ongoing rate, not a one-time thing.

    Be a professional, do a really good job, charge for that. Quality pays. Charging < a several hour minimum and a good hourly rate makes contracting for a living impossible.

    Doing what you do, if you have good networking skills, can sell yourself well, and do a good job - you can easily pull down $200K+ cash a year as a consultant, billing $100+ an hour. Just be aware that fully half that will go to taxes, and you'll get the shitty, hard work that nobody else wants to do.

    I couldn't fucking take the quality of work anymore, so I got a job doing interesting stuff.
     
  25. CodeX

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    Yeah but 7960 was right, that $60 an hour is for hours you have work... I get 40 guaranteed every week, plus a matched retirement plan and full medical/dental/vision coverage, which I didn't factor into the value of my wage.
     

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