Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
laziness, impatience, and hubris
 
PerlMonks  

comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Regarding $10/hour ... I don't know where you are or how much you value your own skills/time or whether you're just getting jobs to learn right now or what. But when I was at University (about 17 years ago) and did consulting work, I charged $30/hour. For me then, every gig involved some sort of travel from where I lived so I factored in wear&tear on my car and gas money and travel time to get that $30. Granted this wasn't perl but it involved some hardware and software work. Just a data point for you to consider.

Another thing, be sure when you are figuring your time to account for everything that eats your time so you don't accidentally cheat yourself. For instance, if you have a client that likes to talk on the phone, you may end up spending hours talking to them about their application. That's real time that you put your mind to their task. You should charge them for it as well as provide some communication time as part of your estimate.

Of course, it's also important to be up-front and honest with your clients. If you estimate 10 hours and it ends up taking about 8 hours to get half way through, you need to let them know that the full project is going to take longer than you estimated. Also, you might want to quote a range of time to give yourself some lee-way. Instead of saying "10 hours", maybe you tell them "10-15 hours".

Anyway ... just some of my thoughts.


In reply to Re: a question on case/software engineering by duff
in thread a question on case/software engineering by user2000

Title:
Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":



  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?
    Username:
    Password:

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    Chatterbox?
    and the web crawler heard nothing...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others chilling in the Monastery: (3)
    As of 2020-11-28 06:19 GMT
    Sections?
    Information?
    Find Nodes?
    Leftovers?
      Voting Booth?

      No recent polls found

      Notices?