No family, not even a girlfriend at the moment...  my work schedule's kind
of to blame there.  Rate depends on the project, as far as what platform,
onsite or off, etc.  My rates run as high as $200 an hour and as low as $50
an hour.  I don't intentionally book myself for as many hours as I usually
wind up working...  it's what I like to refer to as stupid loyalty.  When a
customer I've had since the very beginning needs my assistance... I find it
very difficult to say no... and I'm on the verge of burning out, I must
confess.  I'd hire someone to help, so I can scale back my schedule enough
to do decent marketing, and work on my own internal development efforts...
but you and I both know how difficult it is to find someone both competent
and dependable to the extent that this business requires... and I can't give
my customers any less than what they expect.

-Gordon


On 2/1/06, fbocch2595@xxxxxxx <fbocch2595@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> you got a family and you work 80 a week?  heck, even if you don't have a
> fam...that's 12 hours every day...how do you do that?  at what rate?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gordon Mott <gordon.mott@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: Consulting on the iSeries / AS400 <consult400@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 23:22:38 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Consult400] FW: Hours available for billing
>
>
> I've billed out as many as 80 hours in a given week... not a trick I like
> repeating on a continual basis unless we're talking about some kind of
> on-site project and no more than two of my other customers require
> attention
> in that timeframe.
>
> On 1/30/06, rick baird <rick.baird@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > loaded question - it depends on a lot of things.
> >
> > If you're a solo, you don't need but a couple hours a week for admin.
> > if you're not married and/or can work from home, you can pile up the
> > hours.
> >
> > I do some of my best work between 4am and 8am.  that pretty much
> > excludes nights for working - for me anyway.  when I'm doing early
> > morning hours, I'm asleep by 9pm.
> >
> > I'm old and can't do what I used to be able to do.  a really good week
> > for me is 60 hours, split between two customers.  a typical week is
> > about 45.
> >
> > my weekends are my own.  It's rare that I think about working till
> > about 6pm on sunday.
> >
> > On 1/30/06, Steven Keil <skeil@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >
> > > Sorry to get off topic, but this comment ties into a conversation I
> was
> > > having tonight with another new solo contactor.
> > >
> > > How many hours can one realistically bill in a week as a solo?
> > >
> > > Also, I've read the books, but prefer to see how others maximize their
> > > billable time and minimize the administration/marketing time.  Any
> > ideas?
> > >
> > > Thank you.
> > >
> > > Steve
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: consult400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > [mailto:consult400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Booth Martin
> > > Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 3:28 PM
> > > To: Consulting on the iSeries / AS400
> > > Subject: Re: [Consult400] Senior Developer Available for Contracting
> > >
> > > Well, yes, but that almost means you need to bill 35+ hours a week,
> and
> > > if you are in business for yourself that is nearly impossible.  Your
> own
> > > business needs 8 to 15 hours of your time just to stay open.  Add in a
> > > few more hours each week for personal growth time and you end up with
> no
> > > time left for family & beer.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Shannon ODonnell wrote:
> > > > Yeah, it's low, I know, compared to what some folks charge, but my
> > needs
> > > are relatively modest and so I don't mind keeping it at $50 an hour.
> I'm
> > not
> > > out to make a fortune doing this, just a living. :-)
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: consult400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > > [mailto:consult400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Booth Martin
> > > > Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 1:37 PM
> > > > To: Consulting on the iSeries / AS400
> > > > Subject: Re: [Consult400] Senior Developer Available for Contracting
> > > >
> > > > That rate seems awfully low for your skill set Shannon.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Shannon ODonnell wrote:
> > > >> List:
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> I would like to take this opportunity to announce my availability
> for
> > > >> contracting/consulting work.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> I am a recognized iSeries industry expert, have written/published
> > over
> > > 300 AS/400 and iSeries "How-To" articles, I am the co-editor of the
> > book,
> > > "The Desktop Encyclopedia of Tips, Tricks and Programming Practices
> for
> > > iSeries and AS/400" from MCPress, I am an IBM Certfied RPGIV
> Programmer,
> > and
> > > I am the author of the RPGIV Certification Test from ReviewNet.net.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> I am experienced with Java on iSeries, RPGIV/Java (JNI), MQ Series
> > > >> interfacing with iSeries, Websphere Application Server, Tomcat
> > > Application Server, HTTP, TCP/IP, RPG/CGI, VB, Sockets, COBOL, HTML,
> > Java
> > > Script, and a variety of other iSeries and related technologies.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> In addition, I have iSeries/IT experience in all of the following
> > > >> industries:
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Manufacturing, Public Warehousing, Financial, Distribution,
> Trucking,
> > > >> Government, iSeries Software Vendor and many other industries.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> I am currently accepting iSeries programming opportunities which
> can
> > be
> > > >> performed remotely with limited on-site time required.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> My rate is a very reasonable $50/hr and no job is too big or too
> > small
> > > for me to consider.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Please give me a call at (618) 836-5515 or email to
> > > >> sodonnell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx if you have any questions or would like
> > to
> > > > view my full resume.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> In addition, you can view/read a couple hundred of my How-To
> articles
> > and
> > > >> videos at the following URL:
> > http://www.irish-studios.com/Articles.htm
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Thank you,
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Shannon O'Donnell
> > > >>
> > > >> sodonnell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > >>
> > > >> (618)836-5515
> > > >>
> > > >> (217)556-4221
> > >
> > > --
> > > -----------------------------------
> > > Booth Martin
> > > http://martinvt.com
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gordon.mott@xxxxxxxxx

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