many thanks,

this may sound totally dumb but where do you find your work ?

is it via word of mouth or do you advertise etc  ?

"Tim Foster" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> >I'd also be interested in what people are charging as I'm thinking of
> >setting up as a contractor myself and it would be nice to have a 'ball
> >figure of what the going rate is ...
> >
> >Pls mail replies to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Feel free to post your responses to the list. I'm curious about it too.
> On the ASP/VBScript side, rates can run anywhere from $40 to $125 per
hour. Heck of a
> ballpark, true, but I guess it's better than nothing. I'm curious if
PHP/MySQL rates are
> in the same "ballpark". Quite frankly (IMHO), it boils down to your
portfolio, your
> professionalism and your negotiation skills.
> Per page vs per job:
> I find that when taking on a job, usually the client doesn't truly
understand the medium
> and therefore doesn't exactly know what s/he wants. I'm usually better off
getting paid by
> the hour since the project grows when the client realizes what can be
done. This can be a
> turnoff for some clients because there's no upper limit to the cost in
sight, but by
> listening to the client, I can get an idea of how many hours it'll take
and give them some
> comfort that way. The last thing you want to do is bid a fixed cost for
the project and
> then have "scope creep" break you. You can try to keep scope creep under
control by
> getting the client to commit (in writing) to your proposal (and revised
proposals), but my
> experience is that there's always scope creep and/or enhancements that the
client wants
> (or that the project demands).
> -The primary function of the design engineer is to make things
> difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.

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