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    private work??

    does anyone do much private work outside their jobs for extra cash ie servicing peoples pc's and how much do you charge??

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    Never less than 20 per hour.

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    Not enough, but I can be paid in beer

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    i usually call it 10 and hour ish

    30 - 40 to build and set up a pc. so like 3-4 hours work.
    for something stupidly easy.. enough for travel and a pasty 'n' pint

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    20 - 25 per hour depending on who it is.

    I run a small business from home and do it all by the book. That includes being honest with the taxman and having public liability insurance.

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    I used to, but support afterwards was a nightmare like once I'd built a PC for someone they expect you to fix every little thing and as I'd built it and I'm a softy I felt responsible.

    Don't do it anymore as I hated charging per hour. That's also why I work in the public sector - I just hate asking for money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Never less than 20 per hour.
    Which you then declare to the taxman, of course...

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    20 an hour here

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    I sometimes cash in hand with a local business, but friends and family i'll do for beer.

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    Depends on how far I have to go, and who it is and the job being done, but it goes anywhere from 20 per hour upto 45 per hour. If its a network install its a flat rate of 250 plus 45 per hour after the first 5 hours (if it takes that long!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    Which you then declare to the taxman, of course...
    I am registered self employed I will have you know.

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    For work like that, I generally trade in favours owed rather than money. The barter system is much underrated, and obligations are just another form of goods.

    I used to charge for doing favours, because I needed the money more than anything else. Now I'm a little better paid and so long as people don't ask too often, I don't mind.

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    Not now. Did it once and the phone never stopped ringing to ask "How do I?"

    Anyone wants a surf board rack for their shed welding up, the I'm your man!

    That was the last "Homer" I did.

    It's nice to have a hobby outside IT.

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    I do jobs for people that can return the favour. I have regular folk who are qualified for gas, water electricity, brickies, carpet fitters, one of them is training for worlds strongest man - they all have their uses at some point. I kinked a radiator pipe for example at jsut gone ten at night. 2 plumbers round my house within 15 mins, floorboards up, new pipe laid new valve fitted, cost nothing.
    It's the way to go, i tell ya.

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    Likewise, nowadays I only do big paid work, like cabling or complete system commissioning (did an office and VoIP phone system this weekend, for example). If it's little stuff, I barter some useful exchange out of it. It's so much less hassle.

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