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    £350 would be upper limit all in.

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    Has the consultant told you what he would normally charge? Best stick to the price the client is expecting? Unless it is really low... which I doubt!

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    Alienware servers... whatever next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Alienware servers... whatever next.
    Imagine how pretty they'd look though

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    Oddly enough always really disliked them, looks and all. Perhaps because when they were a big thing I was building better machines (better looking, better performing) for half the price so a little bias there

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    Much like a certain fruit. Better not get into that debate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickjames View Post
    So around £250 is reasonable here?
    £250 for 10 hours is 'reasonable', 'good value' and/or 'cheap'. I'd say you are probably selling yourself too cheap at that. You should probably use focalism to your advantage and suggest billing £90 an hour @ 10 hours. When you generously offer to half it - for a friend, they will consider it a bargain.

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    For the amount of time spent id say £250 - £280 for the technical aspects and more importantly the time spent. If I had that bill Id think it was reasonable, for that I would have blown out the case and ensured the job was like it was my own.

    Anything near/over £500 and Id be thinking I was being ripped off or it was RM quoting for the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Oddly enough always really disliked them, looks and all. Perhaps because when they were a big thing I was building better machines (better looking, better performing) for half the price so a little bias there

    I disliked them to although that was from firsthand experience of them being some of the most unreliable machines I have ever dealt with.

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    Show me the plumber/sparks/mechanic who charges £20 an hour - jeez - no wonder people undervalue our hard won skills if that all we think we're worth!

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    You should determine what your daily rate is and charge accordingly. You should not charge more and you should not charge less. You should not create a rate based on the individual components of the job. You are charging for your expertise. If you haven't thought that through before agreeing to the job then you should charge the same rate that the company pays its usual tech.

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    You guys seriously do like to sell yourself short. You aren't factoring in guarantee of work which comes with any work you do...so it could come back to haunt you and you would have to work on it again within your guarantee time...for free.

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    I'm just trying to figure out where 10 hours comes from. Do we also charge when sitting there watching windows updates install?

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    No. Windows is pretty much installs itself once you put in the details, however, there are additional service packs, patches, drivers etc which need to be done as well, which I would include in my "installation of windows" fee.

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    I don't charge by the hour on most jobs, I charge by the job type.

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    im with @nephilim here. Selling yourself short.

    Im a contractor thats charges £250 - £300 a day. A job is a job, the more people in our market under sell themselves the more people expect for less. Where professionals. Starts the whole debate again when people are on 13k/14k for a full time tech job. If people didnt apply for these low paid roles, business's/schools would have to up there game to get professionals in.

    "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur"

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