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ruffilb

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I've always charged $20 an hour, and I've been doing this since I was 12 or 13. It seemed like a lot of money then, but I'm older now (although still not working).

How much do you all charge for your IT services? (Note, I almost always drive over and do the work there)
 

yobarman

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Depends. Are people only using you cause you're cheap? Do you have too much business because of your prices? Then perhaps its time to raise them. If you do decide to do it... make sure you do it slowly over the course of time. Tripling your rate to my guess at the market average would be a shock to most people.
 

ruffilb

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Originally posted by: yobarman
Depends. Are people only using you cause you're cheap? Do you have too much business because of your prices? Then perhaps its time to raise them. If you do decide to do it... make sure you do it slowly over the course of time. Tripling your rate to my guess at the market average would be a shock to most people.
They call me, and then I usually tell them my prices. It's usually word of mouth, or friends/friends-of-friends/friends-of-friends-of-friends telling me they need me to do work.

I've recieved several comments about how little I charge.
 

RaistlinZ

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Originally posted by: ruffilb
Originally posted by: yobarman
Depends. Are people only using you cause you're cheap? Do you have too much business because of your prices? Then perhaps its time to raise them. If you do decide to do it... make sure you do it slowly over the course of time. Tripling your rate to my guess at the market average would be a shock to most people.
They call me, and then I usually tell them my prices. It's usually word of mouth, or friends/friends-of-friends/friends-of-friends-of-friends telling me they need me to do work.

I've recieved several comments about how little I charge.
Bingo. Time to raise your prices. I'm sure they're used to paying a lot more. Shoot for at least $35/hr to start and see if you still get the same amount of business.
 

ruffilb

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Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Originally posted by: ruffilb
Originally posted by: yobarman
Depends. Are people only using you cause you're cheap? Do you have too much business because of your prices? Then perhaps its time to raise them. If you do decide to do it... make sure you do it slowly over the course of time. Tripling your rate to my guess at the market average would be a shock to most people.
They call me, and then I usually tell them my prices. It's usually word of mouth, or friends/friends-of-friends/friends-of-friends-of-friends telling me they need me to do work.

I've recieved several comments about how little I charge.
Bingo. Time to raise your prices. I'm sure they're used to paying a lot more. Shoot for at least $35/hr to start and see if you still get the same amount of business.
Would it be a bad idea to hike prices to 25$ for current customers and 35$ for new customers?
 

imported_Phil

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I charge £30-£40/hr, which is something like $50-$70.
At work, the company charges my time at £60/hr, something like $100/hr. People gladly pay it.
 

ddviper

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Originally posted by: sniperruff
what kind of IT service do you do? what certification do you have?
I was wondering the same thing. the amount of $$ you charge would depend on all that

-Got fair prices?
 

JS80

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You should be charging $50-200 an hour depending on the service and your experience.
 

yobarman

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Originally posted by: ruffilb
Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Originally posted by: ruffilb
Originally posted by: yobarman
Depends. Are people only using you cause you're cheap? Do you have too much business because of your prices? Then perhaps its time to raise them. If you do decide to do it... make sure you do it slowly over the course of time. Tripling your rate to my guess at the market average would be a shock to most people.
They call me, and then I usually tell them my prices. It's usually word of mouth, or friends/friends-of-friends/friends-of-friends-of-friends telling me they need me to do work.

I've recieved several comments about how little I charge.
Bingo. Time to raise your prices. I'm sure they're used to paying a lot more. Shoot for at least $35/hr to start and see if you still get the same amount of business.
Would it be a bad idea to hike prices to 25$ for current customers and 35$ for new customers?
A better idea would be to raise it 30$ for current, and 50$ for new ones.
 

jadinolf

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I ran a business up until 1993. My IT contractors charged me $70 per hour at that time.

That was the going rate btw.
 

TechBoyJK

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if you charge too little, it may scare people into thinking you dont know what you are worth, and they will wonder what else you dont know. I would bid each job depending on the work and the time involved. I wouldnt announce a flat rate, but an average rate so people can get an idea of what your services may cost.
 

KrillBee

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ha, i do work for friends sometimes and their parents, and only charge maybe 10 bucks for labor (usually they bring their computer to my house and it only takes half an hour to fix or so) and of course i charge them for parts :)

maybe i should be more serious about what i charge and everything. there is definately money to be made doing this, since people charge WAY too much for this sort of thing.

$50 an hour I think is too much, I mean computers require no real tough manual labor. When people watch me work, they see how computers actually are pretty simple if you care to pop open the hood. As long as they pay for the gas and my time driving out, and pay me what say a basic tech in a business earns per hour, then I'm happy. (I figure if most jobs take half an hour, and i get 10 bucks for labor, then im basically making $20 per hour)

I cant believe that there are places that charge up to $70 or $100 an hour. I mean this is a computer that we are working on here, not a frickin car! lol. I think computers are way easier to work on than cars (not as dirty, not as painful to the body, not as risky, etc) to charge $100 per hour for computer tech labor is insane.
 

ruffilb

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Originally posted by: ddviper
Originally posted by: sniperruff
what kind of IT service do you do? what certification do you have?
I was wondering the same thing. the amount of $$ you charge would depend on all that

-Got fair prices?
I do anything from your simple malware removal and prevention to printer troubleshooting to complete computer salvage and hardware replacement (Mostly dead PSU's in Dells).

I don't have any sort of certification, which is one of the reasons I charge so little - but I've never had anyone dissatisfied.
 

TechnoPro

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Originally posted by: KrillBee
ha, i do work for friends sometimes and their parents, and only charge maybe 10 bucks for labor (usually they bring their computer to my house and it only takes half an hour to fix or so) and of course i charge them for parts :)

maybe i should be more serious about what i charge and everything. there is definately money to be made doing this, since people charge WAY too much for this sort of thing.

$50 an hour I think is too much, I mean computers require no real tough manual labor. When people watch me work, they see how computers actually are pretty simple if you care to pop open the hood. As long as they pay for the gas and my time driving out, and pay me what say a basic tech in a business earns per hour, then I'm happy. (I figure if most jobs take half an hour, and i get 10 bucks for labor, then im basically making $20 per hour)

I cant believe that there are places that charge up to $70 or $100 an hour. I mean this is a computer that we are working on here, not a frickin car! lol. I think computers are way easier to work on than cars (not as dirty, not as painful to the body, not as risky, etc) to charge $100 per hour for computer tech labor is insane.
Do you truly believe that people can support themselves on $10 an hour? Or $10 per job? How old are you?
 

TwiceOver

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$55/hr... I get calls all the time. Local place is $75/hr at location. I charge less if I can take the system with me, usually around $45.
 

TreyRandom

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My personal rate is $60/hr for friends, $100/hr for everyone else.

The company I work for charges from $100 to $125 per hour for my services... and we've got so much business, we don't have enough techs to handle it all.
 

ruffilb

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Thanks for all your responses. Anyone have any suggestions about how I should go about advertising myself?
 

SupaDupaCheez

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Run down 'Main St.' doing the 'Pee-Pee Dance' ;)

Seriously, If you are a member of a Church, throw a card up on the bulletin board. Make the card a 'coupon' for $x.xx off the first 'fix'. You'd be surprised how many referrals you can get from something like that. Especially in a Church since everyone knows how 'gossipy' church people can be :)

Or look into supporting a local city youth sports team/venue. You can usually donate a relatively small amount and get to place a banner at the ballpark or venue. People who have kids (and kids in sports) tend to need a lot of virus removal :)
 

DaiShan

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It really depends, we don't do any residential stuff, only business, I've got guys that I bill at $15 an hour, and guys that I bill at $75 an hour, it just depends on the job.
 

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