What should I be charging for non regional computer repair work?

January 28th, 2010 | by Admin |
wendingowolf asked:

I work for a computer repair organization that offers me out of regional deals with extra compensation for my time. These spots are upwards of 90 minutes away from where I live and eat a considerable amount of gas and time. I have to work out a contract with them per region. How much should I be asking for?

My flat rate is $30 per local job (which are usually very easy) but for long trip that involve travel and gas, what should I be charging when working out a contract?
Well it is $30 dollars flat per local area.

if I am out of the local 5 mile area, I get a travel fee bonus.

I’m doing a about a 2-2.5 hour job today for $50 bucks for example, to cover my gas and a little extra on the side. I feel this is a little bit low personally. People really get upwards of $60 per job for this?

I live out in the middle of no where Central PA. Around Penn State/ Centre County region if it helps anyone. But I’d like to hear a little more
edit2: I’m actually subcontracted out from a bigger company. There ‘flat rates’ of $30 a job is what they have me at.

I am going to have to start playing hard ball with them because if what your saying is correct, I’m getting screwed around here.

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  1. 2 Responses to “What should I be charging for non regional computer repair work?”

  2. By Brad on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

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    I don’t know where you’re living, but I used to charge $60 / hour. I had a friend who charged around $90. From what I’ve seen $60 – $120 / hour are within industry standards. You don’t want to gouge people, but I think $30 an hour is too low, especially for jobs that involve travel. If you put a high value on your work, others will, too. If you put a low value on your work, others will, too.

    [edit: I would have charged about $150 for a 2.5 hour job. My friend would have charged about $225. He used to scold me for charging too little! Of course, this was in central New Jersey, near Princeton, which is a pretty heavy populated, well-off area. I never had any complaints about my rates being unreasonable. If I remember correctly, some of the franchise repair businesses, like Geeks on Call, charge up to $120 an hour. Seriously, I would recommend raising your rates to $45 or $60. If it doesn’t work out, you can always lower them again. Best of luck to you!]

  3. By shanedpy on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

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    that sounds resonable. Around here we charge 60 dollars for walking out the shop. Keep it up or open your own shop!!!

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