How much to charge as a freelance technician.

Nvidia / 122-ck-nf68
August 15, 2009 at 09:56:19
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.666 GHz / 2046 MB
I've seen a posts on here dealing with the amount to charge as a Freelance technician but they've all been closed so I had to start a new thread.

I've been considering getting into the freelance business for a little while now and have been reading as much as I can and getting advice but one thing I'm still unsure about is, in the begining, you're first starting out, how to you go about collecting payment? Is it usually in cash when service is completed? Do you usually give them a receipt or something? I just don't want to look like a complete tool in front of my first client.

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August 15, 2009 at 10:04:36
There is no substitute for experience. First thing is to hone your skills with your own hardware/software or friends. Do it for free until you have confidence that you know what you are doing.

Then check out what Best buy or places like that charge for a particular service. Then undercut them by at least a third to start. You will eventually get the hang of your value.

One other piece of advice. If you mess up, admit it and try to make amends in whatever way you can. And remember, no one knows everything. That is why there are manuals.

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August 15, 2009 at 10:22:29
How much should a freelance PC tech charge Déjà vu HERE and HERE. Planning to Fix a computer for a friend or family member too? Trust me - you will be their tech support for life.


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August 15, 2009 at 10:31:02
One more thing - don't ever build PC for family or friend. If you do he/she owns you.


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August 15, 2009 at 11:22:14
If you actually start earning money as a tech your friends and family will own you anyway, IF you let them.

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August 15, 2009 at 11:40:03
Well thanks and all but noone actually answered the question. I am experienced, have a degree and I'm certified.

Please read the original post.

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August 15, 2009 at 11:43:03
Charge less than the geek squad, or anyone else until you get established. Once you prove your worth then you can raise prices.

BTW, didn't you think your credentials were relevant to the question?

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August 15, 2009 at 11:51:33
I'll cut out all the clutter and restate just the question to avoid confustion....

In the begining, when you're first starting out, how to you go about collecting payment? Is it usually in cash when service is completed? Do you usually give them a receipt or something?


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August 15, 2009 at 12:04:17
Like OTH said, find out what rates the bigger companies are charging and underbid them. I would expect payment upon completion of the job. Cash or check, it's up to you. If you cash the checks, there's a paper trail for the IRS. Cash goes in your pocket. I would give a receipt as proof of a job done. It's dated and contains a description of the work done. All the above posts contain valuable info, so be warned. My phone rings all the time from friends and family that expect free service and advice. Lately I'm claiming Alzheimers.

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August 15, 2009 at 15:10:05
your asking the wrong question it should read how do i start a buisness first ring a computor shop and ask how much will it cost to do a ?????they will give you a price ,if someone wants you to do a job where you have to buy parts ask them for the money for the parts with a mark up % added labour charged on completion remember you can not charge them for all the hours you spend on a job some are easy some can take days work on an average to get someone on the internet bt charge 60-70 £you do it for 1/2 but you should have another job to do for some one else at the same timeso you can charge them 1/2 as well keep receits and wtite an invoice infrom a book that does duplicates so if they come back in 2 months time you can remember the job and also make alist of their system specs so you will know if they have got a friend to alter them and you will not get the blame i could go on forever but enough for now

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August 16, 2009 at 07:21:38
Take a look at craigslist in your area to see what others are charging. Craigslist is a good place to start getting customers.

Understand only 5 in 10 replies to you ad will amount to anything... and then maybe 2 of the 5 will amount to anything.

If you post fliers you may want to Cover Your A ** by having a license.

Be carefull. One of my first computer repair jobs was a disaster.

They needed a board and a power supply and also wanted to upgrade the ram.

I gave them a price. Bought all the parts...and two days later they called and said to forget it as it would be cheaper to just get a new and better computer.

Oh swell ! And just do I do with all the parts? Eat the restock fee on the power supply....and there was a no return on the ram or board.

So be careful.

I now do repairs using used parts.....I write my initials and date inside the case and mark all replaced parts. I give a guarantee so the above is important.

I charge $35.00 and labor. Most repairs are
just a power supply, a virus ...or a bad cdrom. They can usually be fixed in under 20 minutes.

You may want to consider getting a license and starting a llc corp. Or at least have them sign a waiver. If their 10 years of tax returns cannot be recovered off their bad hard drive, they are going to be looking at you.

Oh the joys of dealing with the general public and their computer problems is endless....LOL ROFLOL

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August 16, 2009 at 14:10:08
My dad is a self employed computer builder/fixer and charges about £45ph (cheaper than the other nearby company @ £60ph).

Of course he does not charge for 5 hours work for (for instance) a harddrive recovery when all he has to do is start it then sit and wait, he'll charge maybe 1 hours work (or a flat fee of £90) and do other jobs while the hard drives scratch away.

AFAIK he prints up invoices for clients detailing work done, time taken, cost of new parts (if applicable) etc. and recieves cash or cheque payment when the job is done.

He did use to do more system building but has pretty much given up as he can't compete with the economies of scale big suppliers such as Comet/Currys etc. built into their systems through bulk buy discounts etc.

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