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Re: typical contractor rates / outsourcing

by techcode (Hermit)
on Aug 17, 2008 at 03:54 UTC ( #704767=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to typical contractor rates / outsourcing

Me being one of the full time freelancers from EU and working for mostly US clients since 2003. I can only say my story and what clients told me about how they went with other freelancers.

From the clients:
India and similar - somehow even though they are were English colony, communication is a real issue. They either don't understand what you want from them - or they do, but you end up with literal and no-thinking translation of specs into code - they just don't bother to really understand what's going on. Time difference is also an issue. Cheap and not so great quality most of the time - though you might get lucky. You can recognise them as they are always using Sir in communication - Good Day Sir, Hello Sir, Dear Sir ...

As of me:
I usually work on smaller (couple of hundred bucks) projects to test out a client - it's how it usually works on freelance (matchmaking) websites anyway. After that bigger and bigger projects come along, as trust grows and you start working directly (not using freelance sites).

I mostly work in the afternoon occasionally communicating early in the morning (evening in USA) if needed - as I started freelancing during 1st year of my studies, after noon was when I had time, and it's fits USA time zone more or less - at least in part, depending on the clients location. So I got used to it (... it's 5:45 AM and I still haven't even went to bed).

Started with ~ $10/h and head-first learn-Perl-as-you-go (from Perl: The Complete Reference - not the happiest choice for a beginner, but was only book on Perl I found in bookstore at that time). Now at about $25 to $50 per hour depending on what it is and how long engagement it is. In November I registered as a business/entrepreneur and planning to gather a small team for both providing outsourcing and in-house development.

If I sound interesting - drop me a message. You can find more about me on:

Though I'm pretty much booked for at least following 2 months - working full time on extending server for SMS provider/gateway.

Have you tried freelancing? Check out Scriptlance - I work there. For more info about Scriptlance and freelancing in general check out my home node.
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Discipulus manual work: i just tell the same to my boss: every time the quick solution is to assign some manual data entry task to my group.. because we have not direct access to many databases here..
[LanX]: point is: in high speed trade each bank has to remember what he has to get from the others... so dresdner got billed for losses but couldn't claim gains
Discipulus is this the IT?
[Corion]: Discipulus: Well, in many cases it doesn't make sense to build an interface and complicated program just to enter 20 rows into a database ;) But yes, automating data imports should pay off in the long run
[LanX]: Choroba: this happened before I joined, was still in uni, but my boss was summoned to the CEO of the second biggest German bank at that time and could only say " I told them its not ready" ;)
[LanX]: memories....I missed my connection while chatting
[Discipulus]: in this case Corion we are speaking about software licensing: evry year or two we must rescan the whole ced to produce an excel report, while at every activation / disactivation we update a black box DB: i said that i a week i can produce the perl to..
[Discipulus]: rend out the xls IF i have access to the DB

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