The most common question is of course, "Hey Dave the Computer Guy, what do you charge?"
The best answer I can give is "It depends on a lot of things."
lot of computer work, including networking, is 'hurry up and wait'.
I could not possibly charge for all of the time it takes to
update software and hardware. Loading Windows XP takes many hours
because there are about 10 computer restarts along with dozens of
updates. Much of that time is waiting for the computer to "do
it's thing". If you want a specific job, feel free to email for a
The prices below are estimations based on years of
experience. I will communicate often with you and let you know
all of your options.
Standard FeesHourly Rate $35
Look it over fee $20 for 1/2 hour-
many times computer problems can be solved by tweaking a setting or
correcting a simple problem. If this can be done, we both make
out well. You had your problem fixed by an expert for $20 and I
gain a loyal customer.
Operating System Reload approx $135-
this includes updating WIndows, loading Antivirus Software,
innoculating computer against trojans and other malware, updating
drivers, and testing the machine. You need to provide the
operating system CD and a valid/legal serial number. Most
manufacturers put the serial number on a sticker on the machine.
If the machine is a Dell, Compaq, HP, or Toshiba AND you provide the
disks included with the computer, it is $100 including all updating
use my industry contacts (20+ years of doing computer work) to save you
money on parts. Peripherals like routers, cables, and a/c
adapters will cost you about half of what it costs at a big box
Home Network Configuration $60 and up
-includes up to 3 wired or wireless home computers- Router
configuration for DSL as well as wireless security. Documentation
will be included in price.