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    How much would you charge for your services?

    Repaired a laptop over the weekend for a member of staff, and she asked me how much she owed me (question I hate) .

    As well as having my job I am also self employed but I have never come up with a charge list for what I do. (Because Ive never actually used my self employment properly)

    So basically the job I did Laptop screen wasn't working totally blank, take case off and cleaned inside of a little bit of dust and pushed all cables back in. Think when I finally got inside the laptop and got it fixed probably 20/30 mins work.

    So what would you charge?

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    I would charge 50 mate, if it had been taken to a shop they would of charged more so they getting a deal.

    It's not just the time the job took it's your expertise your charging for too.

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    If you're pally with said teacher, a pint

    Although generally when I undetake outside-of-work IT repairs I do so as a favour, and since I have no liability insurance etc I wouldn't deem myself a 'business' and wouldn't charge people. So if you're not pally, this post is utterly pointless to you
    Last edited by Garacesh; 8th May 2012 at 03:54 PM.

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    Depends on the person, I charge 30 p/h to 50 to "customers" and buy me a beer(s) to friends.

    Your call on what category they fall into

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    I used to charge by the bottle - up to them whether its from the top or bottom (or spirits) shelf. The quality would of course effect the level of service next time!

    These days a 20 flat rate + parts would be pretty reasonable I reckon.

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    Yeah snap, I dont charge money just however many bottles/beers they deem

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    I tend to say 20/hr but only charge 50 odd plus parts if I'm able to take it home and do it in my own time.

    I'm always careful about accepting laptop repair jobs though, one teacher wanted her expensive top of the line dell studio laptop repairing(heatsink/fan replacment) - told her to take it to a shop in the end, I can't afford to replace that thing

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    I used to be self employed fixing computers etc for personal and business users, I used to charge 25 p/h and never more 75 for personal customers unless I said in advance. For a laptop screen it would have been 25 plus parts, but mates rates are normally quoted at "something fizzy in a can that I can only drink outside school when I dont have to drive", normally works

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    When I'm doing something like this I say I'll look at it for 30 and if possible I'll fix it for that that too, but if it's a longer job or needs parts fitting then I'll let them know how much it will cost based on my looking at it.

    As said previously, this is cheaper than most shops people would take it too (one teacher I've been looking after recently had to get her laptop repaired locally (she lives about 2 hours from me and it was over the Easter hols) and she wished she'd either waited for me to look at it or driven it to me as it would have been cheaper than the 80 she was charged for the pleasure.

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    30 p/h if I don't mind them.

    50 p/h if I don't like them.

    Alcohol and Hobnobs on the rare occasion it's someone I actually like.

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    How much do I charge for my services? It depends on what you're looking for sweetie. Whoops, wrong forum.......


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    I do repairs outside of school and charge 25+VAT per hour, so I usually apply that to the teachers I don't like. If I do, I let them decide what it was worth to them. A bottle of vodka usually does the trick!

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    find the PC world services price list and halve it. Still makes you rich but less guilty about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster View Post
    find the PC world services price list and halve it. Still makes you rich but less guilty about it!
    Got a link to that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Got a link to that?
    Have found some prices on the website..

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