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Old 09-17-2000, 04:28 PM
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Just wondering what you think would be a reasonable MONTHLY charge to admin a dedicated Linux server for someone?

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Old 09-17-2000, 05:11 PM
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Well thats kinda a wide open question.

What kinda time are we talking about?

if someone wanted me to admin their server for 40 hours of work vs 10 hours then the charges would be VERY different....


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Old 09-17-2000, 05:23 PM
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Hi Daniel,

I would be completely responsible for administrating the server, which includes basically everything I do with my own servers.

I can't really say how many hours a week I would be spending on it. That's a little hard to calculate since there are so many factors involved. If I had to give an estimate (based on the time I spend on my own servers) I would have to say around 10 hours a week, give or take a couple hours. I don't think anyone would spend 40 hours a week administrating one server unless business was booming and you were spending all day doing account setups.

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Old 09-17-2000, 06:50 PM
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Admin costs

I know if we have to do admin issues we charge up to 95.00/hour but if they buy a support contract, IE say Im buying 40 hours of admin a month, the price drops to like 65.00/hour

It all depends what kind of support your offering, your rates would be lower than ours if you dont provide them with a voice contact or if the level of expertise is below that of a knowledgable tech.

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Old 09-17-2000, 07:36 PM
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I would be doing this for a friend of mine, so I guess the best thing to do would be to charge by the hour as needed.

I don't profess to be an expert administrator, that will come, but I do feel confident that I can solve any problem I am confronted with.

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Old 09-17-2000, 11:40 PM
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I think we all know how those "for a friend" things work out. I've done sites for friends (or friend's friends), where I cut it to the bare bone, and we all know *these* are the sites that require the most work. They have the nerve to be picky. Hmph.

I suggest you ask $50/hr. as needed. This is discounted, yet a firm price that your friend needs to know is 1/2 off what you'd charge for anyone else. So what if you aren't superadmin yet. You're all he's gonna get for $50/hr. I think that's fair.

As I said, I know the situation you're in.

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Old 09-18-2000, 12:01 AM
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Hi Tabs,

Chicken hit the nail on the head. I don't have much to say because he has pretty much already said it... but I will add this because whenever *friends* and *money* are involved, such things can often get a little sticky. So do keep this in mind:

"Before you expect a professional service for money from a friend... or offer a professional service for money to a friend... decide which you need more the money or your friend."

That is why Chicken advises you to charge *reasonably* ie. not too low nor too high... so that you and your friend are both happy/satisfied in the long run.

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Old 09-18-2000, 10:10 AM
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I have learnt something in my life, NEVER mix freinds and work!! they just dun get along!! Its like saying never mix work with pleasure!!

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Old 09-18-2000, 11:22 AM
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Charge per hour but this is a wide subject. Normally the rate follows your skills and experience. A SysAdmin can get $95 or just $35 per hour but it can jump up to $200 per hour and higher.

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Old 09-18-2000, 11:28 AM
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Exclamation $200 per hour or higher !!!!

sigh... I think I chose the wrong career

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Old 09-18-2000, 12:38 PM
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Talking Don't cry...

It's with any education. Think about a decent MBA, add 10 years of experience after that and then you get a nice sum Same goes for the IT industry. Wannabe's and pro's you can tell the difference and you get paid by it too.

Hey, if you want to change it's never too late Go for the CISCO certification!

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Old 09-18-2000, 08:15 PM
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I really want to get that CISCO cert., but teaching fulltime and taking classes towards my master in teaching allows me to do one thing. Come here and veg out in front of the computer. If I had to take one more class, I think I'd keel o'er.

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Old 09-18-2000, 08:24 PM
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My Dad just got his CCNA cert and boy was he happy.... Now he's working towards CCNP (= more of him whinging about BGP4, building scalable Cisco Networks and what not)... I'm not sure whether I really want to think about emulating him

I might just stick with front/backend dev...

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