How much should one charge?

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by WolfShade, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. WolfShade

    WolfShade Ex-Xperiance Member

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    Just for curiosity sake im wondering your thoughts on what I should have charged to format and reinstall everything on my friends computer. Not to mention it is a compaq, I added a few extra programs she needed and did a few other things it took me 5 1/2 hrs. I seem to come across this a lot, people have come to think of me as this computer tech guy, although I have no formal training I do know a lot now and can do almost anything any thoughts?
     
  2. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    Nothing, it's a friend
     
  3. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    err, get 'em to buy you a pint? :p
     
  4. WolfShade

    WolfShade Ex-Xperiance Member

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    tru, it is for a friend but now im geting people who arnt friends wanting me to do the same thats why i ask
     
  5. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    I charge $80 to remove spyware and/or to update and clean a system, and $120 for a full format reinstall as well as updating. Family is done for free.
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    $80? Do you sleep well at nights? :p
     
  7. funky dredd

    funky dredd Moderator

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    Tell them you will do it for free, but you do appreciate tips :D
     
  8. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    I do laugh my way to the bank :D

    Seriously though, it usually takes around 6 hours, thats less per hour than I make at my real job.
     
  9. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    i generally charge nothing for friends and family, 50 bucks for crapware cleanouts, and general troubleshooting and full formats and reinstalls is $50/hr. I have image files that makes most things go really fast.

    *edit- and for systems i have built people, i include 3 months full support. generally on those it is usually a crapware cleanout every few months.
     
  10. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Wow, send some of your friends over to me. I'd be glad to do it for the same price. [​IMG]
     
  11. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    :-| incredible.

    i usually just tell them "whatever it's worth to you" if they want to pay me. i've never run into any problems doing that :) especially since i know most of the people i do work for, and would do it for free.
     
  12. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    I've never had a single complaint.
     
  13. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    Damn. I need to find "friends" like your j79zlr! :p
     
  14. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    My rate varies with how many serial numbers and credit card numbers I can lift off the system. I of course tell people this ahead of time. For some reason nobody asks me to work on their systems anymore....
     
  15. WolfShade

    WolfShade Ex-Xperiance Member

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    Wow love the responses, keepem coming im finding this valueable information :)
     
  16. breezie

    breezie OSNN Addict

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    i work at a computer repair shop - reloading windows xp does cost $69 without data backup- more if there is---

    people pay it ALL THE TIME
     
  17. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

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    well...for that compaq i fixed a few weeks ago i got payed 20 dvds...
     
  18. frogg_mann

    frogg_mann OSNN Addict

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    Tell me does ones enemies come to you for your services? food for thought an old business man asked me that one time and it stuck in my frogg noodles.
    frogg_mann
     
  19. frogg_mann

    frogg_mann OSNN Addict

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    wolfshade,
    Establish your prices by the local competions prices and adjust it by your overhead and what profit you think won't push your prices to high. Keep your costs and overhead as low as the market allows you. And then buy new toys. Granted, there are a few more things but I hardly now you. te he he It has worked for me for 25 years. 8) frogg_mann
     
  20. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    look at these prices:


    Best Buy – $60/hr

    CompUSA – $99.97 (reformat reinstall) their solution for most problems

    Geeks on Call - $99 to show up and if it can be fixed in 15 minutes or less, if it takes longer than 15 minutes it will range from $145-275 ($275 if they take your pc to their office and reformat and reinstall Windows).