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    Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    A former co-worker of mine has called and asked me to do some Access work for her new company. Would anyone be willing to share what they consider a fair rate for consultant work? (Please post your general area too)

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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    You might want to expand your profile to tell what part of the world you're in. A rate in Euros won't help if you're in the USA or Canada, Australia, the UK,etc. The rate itself would depend on your own level of skill and experience and on whether you really want to do the project.
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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    Sorry about that, I'm from N.E. Ohio, USA. My skill level is pretty high (not as high as some of you, but pretty good). The person who is asking me to do the work knows a little about access and knows that this is more than she knows, but I should be able to do it fairly easily. It doesn't sound like it will be a really complicated thing. It's basically a data entry form for 2 users and my former co-worker will write her own queries and reports.

    Hope this is enough information, I don't know too much more about it yet.

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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    You might enjoy reading The Secrets of Consulting by Gerry Weinberg, available at Amazon et al. He has a chapter on What to Charge.

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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    Finding out how much consultants get to do this will be interesting to us wage slaves!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    Especially as Access is just something that has to be fitted in between real work
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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    Careful, there! I make my living as a wage slave building Access databases. I could have sworn that qualified as real work. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> My consulting rate is between 2 to 4 times my hourly wage, depending on the project. I *never* take on a flat rate project. This is a lesson to learn early and forever. It's OK to have a maximum budget for the project, but it would be extremely unlikely to come out on top in a flat dollar contract.
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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    Hi Ann

    As you can see there are different strokes for different folks.

    Are you moonlighting with a real day job, or it this your only livelihood?

    OK, I will jump in and share with you excerpts from recent talk I did for local high school entrepreneurial class that asked some of the same questions. There may be more information here than you asked for, however I have helped several young people get started in their careers by following some of these guidelines. This might be of interest to Bat17

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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    I'm doing this as a Moonlighting thing. My day job is DBA/Creator/Analyst///Information Analyst///MS Office guru for a small local hospital. While the moonlighting job is not something I can directly use in my day job, I will be able to apply some of what I have already created for my day job. I will also, invariably, pick up something during the development that will make my day job easier. I have only moonlighted one other time and that was for a church, so I barely charged enough to cover my time, absolutely no profit was made.

    In reference to the 80/20, I would have to say that I am closer to 70% know the answers/30% need the answers. As I said, the person is completely aware of my capabilities and knows this won't even be a challenge for me. However, I am also billing the company she works for, not her personally, so I would think I can get away with asking for more.

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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    From the "For What It's Worth Dept.", what you are doing isn't really consulting work. You are selling them a product and from the sounds of it you will not have to support it once they have it. Under those circumstances, I would estimate how much time you think it will take, double it, multiply by $50 +/- dollars/hour, and then keep track of where you lose money and where you make money.
    Your first venture is for learning as much as anything else. Keep good notes and don't quit your day job. Good luck.
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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    The definitions of "consulting" get a little vague.

    A friend of mine likes to say that people buy two things: solutions to problems, and good feelings. Any product that supports those two ends doesn't take away from the "what should I do?" aspect that a consultant provides to solve a problem. And making the client (customer?) feel good is part of consulting.

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    Re: Consulting (Access 97/2000)

    Since you asked, we've been doing Access consulting since 1993. Our current rate varies depending on the type of work and who the client is, from $85 to $135 an hour. Clients who we have a long-time relationship and bill a significant number of hours get the lower rates. Most of our work is done on an hourly rate, with a not-to-exceed number of hours. If we get close to the not-to-exceed number, we have a visit with the client, and examine whether all the functions are essential. And occasionally we goof, and in those cases we eat some or all of the overage. I was already retired when I started this, so I had a cushion to fall back on - otherwise KEEP YOUR DAY JOB! Hope this is useful.
    Wendell

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