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jadinolf
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Ojai, CA
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reply to Oleg

Re: How much do you charge

said by Oleg:

said by signmeuptoo:

Wiser words rarely said. Seller beware. Especially if you don't respect them or take advantage of them. If you're not really fully qualified, and you're not doing what amounts to a favor, watch out, it may bite you in the back.

Well i have a full respect for my clients, and they are all great full, but i know that some people would screw things up again, and would bitch at you, and would expect to fix their computer for free.

That's good to know.
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norwegian
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reply to Oleg
I just do the job so I know they have it running and not been ripped blind by false tech shops promising the world.

If it is a fresh from scratch job and possible hardware rebuilding, a token gesture is enough. Dinner, a beer or 6 etc. Yep same here, seen nothing to $100, depends on how considerate the people are really for the amount of time I spend sorting it out.

Just a program install, just drop by, cup of tea, install, then service it as well and say "till next time you hit the wrong key".
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signmeuptoo
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NanoParticle
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We'd have a lot less to do if men would stop going to p ron sites.


cpsycho

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reply to Oleg
I do this for a living.

Friends and family I don't charge. But they either give me like a couple of bucks or treat me to dinner or drinks.

For other people slash business, all depends. Smaller business I take a quick note of what they wear or the equipment they use to get an understanding of what their budget might be. Charge an hourly rate based on that.

My general hourly rate is $65 most of the time.

If its a friend of a friend. If they drop off the item and pick up any hardware that's needed I usually charge a flat fee of $35. I work from home so my overhead is quite low.


Oleg
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reply to signmeuptoo
said by signmeuptoo:

We'd have a lot less to do if men would stop going to p ron sites.

So true. Some of us watch porn even when we have a girl, and this is what i do not understand about our kind. Porn should be a fantasy, but not the entertainment for instance watching a movie.


norwegian
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reply to signmeuptoo
said by signmeuptoo:

We'd have a lot less to do if men would stop going to p ron sites.

There is certainly enough to worry about when being click happy.
Although I must admit I do not get a lot of that, in all the people I help, only 2 are not careful enough and I think that stems from a lack of computer 101, not from the sites themselves, even though it is the ultimate reason they get infected.

1 has all icons/file associations tied to Adobe reader he tells me, I've tried to explain, but until he turns up and I see the laptop and wipe it, there is not a lot I can do, user knowledge, or lack there of, makes it hard....

Buy my computer and an A/V and you'll be right are still the only items a store tells you. Luckily I've trained most to understand a limited user while browsing is the best policy and to date touch wood they all seem fine once they start to get the basics.

Let's face it, I'm hard on myself, I doubt I lock the computer down as well as I should, but that is me.
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AndrewG2

join:2006-01-20
Niagara Falls, ON
reply to Oleg
I got rid of most of my support leechers. There's only so long you can take the blame for their bad decisions.... especially if they ask advice on a new purchase, you tell them to avoid so and so brand and so and so retailer, and what and where do they buy? Yah, so I was always kinda rude when they had problems a day later.... You bought it there, get them to sort it out...

You feel sorry the first time they get "taken" though, end up with something 2 generations behind for $200 more than the value current gen. So you try and help out. There was one couple I had to keep sending back to Staples with their POS Acer, it kept rebooting randomly they were 10 months into the 12 month warranty, the caps on the mobo were leaking. I'd just done a complete wipe and reinstall, they take it in, "Oh it was a virus, $50 for a virus clean please" and they get it home and it's as flaky as hell still, send them back with it, ditto, and ditto, and send them back again, and they are still claiming it's a virus, but swap the PSU out "as a goodwill gesture" (Looked like a well used one to me from someone elses upgrade) and it's mr crashy crashy still... I think they got yet another virus check bill before the 12mo was out, and were getting annoyed at me for keeping insisting they take it in, when it was "just" a virus and I somehow didn't find it (yeah right) and about a week after 12mo is up it won't boot all the way before it craps out. One of the caps has by now exploded, and I say for the price of the Staples virus scan I'll fix it. So happened that geeks had a motherboard in for $30, yah, the egg was no good for something 2 gens behind at purchase and now a year older, and I put that in and it worked perfect for another 2 years. But it got 2nd rigged not long into that period and they bough another damn Acer from Staples, I could not believe it, I told them they were on their own then.


sammysnake
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I've been fixing and cleaning friends computers for the better part of 20 years and they all get the same spiel. The first fix is always free of charge and if they follow the instructions I give they will never return. If the don't follow the instructions then my charge is $90.00 per hour.

I have yet to collect a penny and all of my "customers" have happy computers with no problems.

Sammy


signmeuptoo
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I fixed one guys computer, the fellow had a very nonchalant attitidue about his mother's credit and computer security. Almost the only thing he does is surf porn and a site told him he was infected and to buy their protection system, when that was the very thing that infected him and gave away her CC information. I went through a lot helping those two, and a few days later he just turned around and did the same thing again. She, the mom, came to me again asking to fix it again and I agreed to, but evidently he got embarrassed and put the cabbash on having me help again, which, to tell you the truth, is fine with me. Some people just don't learn, and don't care.
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