What do I charge my new clients?
January 26, 2012 8:34 AM Subscribe
How much do I charge for Server and Desktop Support?
posted by birdlips to work & money (3 answers total)
I have been an independent contractor/programmer for nearly 15 years and I have a lot of experience with regards to what to bill my customers for their programming needs. However, I have recently picked up a few new contracts that have me doing bascially the following:
Server support - Setting up Windows 2008, web servers, ftp servers, firewall, automatic backup of server and all peripherals, automatic back up of SQL Server, etc.
Web Design - Clients want me to use WordPress, so I did that. Had not used it before, always created my own sites from scratch. Continues updates as needed, for example, updating content and navigation.
Domain name - maintenance and set up.
Desktop support - Setting up email, calendars and documents in the cloud (google), automatic backup of google documents to the local server, installation of applications, etc.
Photoshop - creating pictures for inventory, marketing etc.
Again, I have done most of this stuff over the years but I just included in the cost of the programming. I have not done just these services on their own. I am pretty decent at all of it but no clue on what to charge them.
Quick good searches say anywhere up to $130/hour server support and up to $70/hour desktop support. I would love any advice that could back up my rate.
My clients are spread through out the States if that matters; Texas, Utah, Montana, Wyoming.
Thanks as always!