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August 4, 2005, 10:20 am
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Re: Going rate?
Depends what they can afford. Your average guy in the street won't want
to pay much more than £50 ($85?) for a reinstall or several hours of
virus/spyware removal. With the falling price of PC's themselves, it
would be difficult to justify a bill for a lot more, though no doubt
some people try, or indeed do. Fixing company computers could be a lot
Computer shops I've seen tend to charge £25 an hour for this type of
work. Maybe a bit less (£15 an hour) for hardware installation. They'll
typically build a PC from scratch for £50 to £80, sometimes all-in,
sometimes labour charges on top.
If it's for friends, give yourself a 'price', say £10 an hour. You might
want to agree to set an upper limit though as it often takes way longer
than you expect. If you're putting in 12 hours+ for £50 on a regular
basis it will soon start to drain you, financially and mentally!
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