What would you charge for small LAN setup?

By jfuller05 ·
On the side, I repair PCs for people and charge a fair price. One of my clients asked me to set up a LAN for her small business and asked me what I would charge. I told her I would get back with her on that because I have never done that before on the side (I do a little bit of networking at my job).
JOB: LAN for two computers and two printers connected via router, dsl hooked to router/switch.
What would be a fair price? The length of the job should be more or less a hour, in my opinion.

*I've tried to find out the price in the area. All I know about that is the one business charges a flat rate, regardless of what is done, of $100.

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$100 - Plus Parts

by oldbaritone In reply to What would you charge for ...

About an hour, probably not bad. Know that you'll get a lot of calls; many business do the original install at a loss, banking on the follow-up later.

$100 is certainly not unreasonable, based on many assumptions. You didn't give much detail. If it also involves setting up some proprietary software to talk to each other, you may take a bath on the job.

And the $100 price is assuming they already have all of the parts they need, and probably don't. Patch cables, switches, routers, extension cords, surge protectors, etc. all add up quickly, and neophytes typically tell you "oh, I didn't know I needed that."

I've done the $100 setup thing several times, but I always make sure that the customer understands that any additional parts cost extra.

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There will be extra parts,

by jfuller05 In reply to $100 - Plus Parts

She told me that, before, she just had the two desktops connected via a cable between the two computers. Now,she wants to add the printers.
I haven't been to the actual site yet, but I was thinking about $100. What she wants is file and printer sharing. Nothing beyond that.

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I've heard that one before...

by oldbaritone In reply to There will be extra parts ...


If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, I'd have a bundle.

If it's a friend, don't worry. If it's the beginning of a business relationship, make sure the customer understands the scope of work you're going to do for the $100.

"File and printer sharing. Nothing beyond that." OK, if that's all. It sounds mostly like you're adding a switch or router, and adding a network printer. You should be fine with the $100.

You can probably tell that I've been stung before. We all have.


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No, not at all!

by jfuller05 In reply to I've heard that one befor ...

I can't tell you've been stung before. :)

I have too, but it happens. Since I know how to work on computers, I'm supposed to know every single area of Information Technology!
Hey, if it has wires and/or electronic components Jared will know how to fix it! lol.

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follow-up calls,

by jfuller05 In reply to $100 - Plus Parts

would you charge for that? Does that depend on the difficulty of the problem?

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