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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I have been known to fix computers for beer before!! Not in school I must add. I sometimes get asked for advice from staff / parents but would shy away from fixing their computers. I have fixed the occasional staff members laptop but not charged.

    Don't forget insurance cause if their pc breaks even futher, you could be liable.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I once had the maths teacher come to me asking me to save her marriage. Her husband was spitting daggars over setting NTL internet. lol iwent to her home, took me 2 minutes to sort the wee problem.

    what did i get... i hear you ask

    two fantasic new friends, a meal, and the next day a bottle of jack daniels and malibu.

    Happy days!!

    I have also like most peeps on here, have recived chocolates, wine, and money.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Quote Originally Posted by bossman
    You have to declare your intentions to your LEA as they have a vested interest and you could be treading on their toes.

    I know this from experience when our then deputy headteacher asked me if I fixed computers outside of work. Long story short i fixed his new computer for him and charged him £70 to which he did not complain but i then got a call from HR at LEA asking me to declare my interest via a large document which they would send out to me.

    This I did after they told me that it was him who had rang them and asked if I was right in fixing his computer. What he thought was that he should not have been charged at all because of his position.
    And the moral of the story is always install REALVnc so you can remote in and stuff a virus on it afterwards..... :twisted: Only joking....

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Must admit when I started this job I said no, then made the mistake of sorting one out at their home, next thing its, oh something else is wrong can I go round? Learnt the error of my ways and said no.

    Once you do one its open season I've found, you end up doing everyones after hours that is. If they can bring it in and I have the OK from the head then thats a different matter as if I'm not doing that I'd only be fixing a school one.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I did give my mobile number to a member of staff before the holidays. I built him a PC and said any probs give me a ring and i will talk you through it. turned out he didnt have any problems but hey guess what, he freely handed my mobile number out to other members of staff.

    Didnt know this till another staff member during morning staffroom meeting said she was gona ring me that night to talk her through a problem on her machine.

    I told her to never ring me out of school hours and to delet my number. and then proceded to lay down the law to the geezer that gave my number out.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I've done my fair share of PC repair for friends of family. Some, will pay well and some will expect you to give up your whole weekend for £10. I'm young so they think £10 is alot to me, newsflash, it isnt! Some will gladly pay me well.

    It's my fault too because I'm too nice. I dont have the gut to charge big bucks. Got any tips for this ? hehe.

    I dont take on as many jobs as i did before now because of people taking advantage of me. They think the £10 they gave me 3 months ago is enough to warrant me fixing the computer again.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Biscuits, beer or wine are the usual currency. Leave it as you doing them a favour, and then them buying you a gift as a token of their appreciation. Unless they're fit, in which case letting you take them for a drink would be acceptable.

    Money causes too many problems. There's the whole tax / self employed / vested interest.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Quote Originally Posted by rambo_tw
    I've done my fair share of PC repair for friends of family. Some, will pay well and some will expect you to give up your whole weekend for £10. I'm young so they think £10 is alot to me, newsflash, it isnt! Some will gladly pay me well.

    It's my fault too because I'm too nice. I dont have the gut to charge big bucks. Got any tips for this ? hehe.

    I dont take on as many jobs as i did before now because of people taking advantage of me. They think the £10 they gave me 3 months ago is enough to warrant me fixing the computer again.
    Family and friends are the worst for taking advantage. I hate it when people ask me "how much?" I ought to say before hand i charge £20ph or something. Sometimes they dont even offer to pay.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Yup, I try to avoid getting into the discussion that if their computers are broken. Some people don't appreciate how hard this stuff can be and how long it can take.

    The last person i fixed a computer for asked how much it took me, I said 5 hours. (Okay it wasn't a straight 5 hours, I had to leave it scanning etc) but he was shocked and paid me £60. I love those type of people

    I just hate people who don't even offer to pay. There was this one guy at work who had obviously been looking at porn on his computer asked me to clear all the junk off it. It took me a good few hours. I took it back to him, gave it to him, and he said "Thanks, bye, see you Monday". No offer of paying. He's recently asked me to look at his other computer too, he can forget about that!

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I only fix my family's machines and my neighbours because he's a nice guy, him and his sons do favours for me (driving instructor, mechanic, electrician) and he buys me a pint and chucks me a couple of quid if it takes any large amount of time, but everyone can go swivel

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_K_81
    Biscuits, beer or wine are the usual currency. Leave it as you doing them a favour, and then them buying you a gift as a token of their appreciation. Unless they're fit, in which case letting you take them for a drink would be acceptable.

    Money causes too many problems. There's the whole tax / self employed / vested interest.
    Yeah, I agree - the currency for fixing personal kit at my school is sex or chocolate - we have a sign on the wall to that effect. We get a lot of chocolate....

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy

    Yeah, I agree - the currency for fixing personal kit at my school is sex or chocolate - we have a sign on the wall to that effect. We get a lot of chocolate....
    PMSL !

    Ive had bottles of wine, chocolate and a couple of bunches of flowers,

    Staff : bring it in and if I have time ill take a look at it and advise if its not just a quick fix

    Students : advice is free but taken at your own risk.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Just to say through if you worked on staff or students pc and got paid and work for lea then good chance you broke lea rules.

    Why I hear you ask well let me tell you

    One of fudemental rules and thing you can be fired for (with out proper 3 stage meeting aka pack your bags and leave type of firing). Is to run business from the school.

    Under strict interpretation on the rules.

    A staff members says can you fix my pc will pay you even if do it outside of work time. The initial agreement was made in working hours so technically your 'touting' business etc and so technically running a business from the school.


    As said this is strict interpretation etc


    Russ

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    Just to say through if you worked on staff or students pc and got paid and work for lea then good chance you broke lea rules.

    Why I hear you ask well let me tell you

    One of fudemental rules and thing you can be fired for (with out proper 3 stage meeting aka pack your bags and leave type of firing). Is to run business from the school.

    Under strict interpretation on the rules.

    A staff members says can you fix my pc will pay you even if do it outside of work time. The initial agreement was made in working hours so technically your 'touting' business etc and so technically running a business from the school.


    As said this is strict interpretation etc


    Russ
    I ask people to email me outside of work hours if they want me to do any work for them That solves that problem.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I would advise them but not physically do anything to the machine.

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