[portland] Rate question

Chris McDonald xwraithanx at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 20:10:52 CEST 2011

See, that is the fun thing about rates, your rates are higher than I'd
charge. Even your lower rate is higher than my normal rate, by a
significant margin, a project that I'd enjoy doing (there for giving a
lower rate) now a days I'd charge $40/hr and projects that I don't
enjoy would be $60/hr.

Previous relationship or not, I base my rate on how fun the project
will be and how much I like working with the client, unless I am
desperate for a job, then I'll shoot a little lower to get something


On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM, John Hampton <pacopablo at pacopablo.com> wrote:
> On 3/28/11 10:33 AM, Josh English wrote:
>> Any suggestions? I'm not going to say no, I just want to know what's
>> market-rate fair.
> Well, for computer work, ie, sysadmin stuff, etc.  A normal rate is around
> $125/hr.  For programming, I would likely charge a similar rate. I
> definitely wouldn't go below $75/hr.
> Obviously, you have a previous relationship with the company, as well as a
> tangential existing relationship.  If you think $75/hr to $125/hr is too
> much, then you can agree on a fixed price for the enhancement.  As a
> consumer, I like fixed prices.  As a programmer, I hate them.  Things always
> tend to be a bit more complicated then expected.  Another alternative is to
> charge the higher rate, and then discount the bill if you feel it is too
> much.
> Whatever you do, don't sell yourself short.  This is business, and you have
> a skill that they value.  Programming may not be your primary skill, but you
> obviously created something of value for them.  You are the expert.
> -John
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