Random Event of the Day

My father is talking on the telephone to a guy who is an MPC dealer. I
walk downstairs to scope out the TV, en route to the TV I help my father
put a paper money note into a holder (Think baseball cards). Then my
father gets on to talking about me and how I am a CS major in college. The
dealer asks me if I know programming languages (duh) and if I could write
a program/system that would allow verified users to enter serial numbers a
la www.wheresgeorge.com.

Wow. Go networking. :wink:

Part two is, if I have the skills to complete this project, what would
something like this be worth? :slight_smile: Keep in mind that I’d be using this
project to hone my PHP/MySQL skills. :slight_smile:


Sean S. sunymoon >at< geocities <dot> com Hex(RGB) ->
http://thedoh.dyndns.org/hexrgb/index.php

> Part two is, if I have the skills to complete this project, what would
> something like this be worth? :slight_smile: Keep in mind that I’d be using this
> project to hone my PHP/MySQL skills.

(hmm. this is becoming a FAQ)

Figure out how much time it would take you and ask yourself what your time
is worth (e.g. how much money would you make in that time otherwise? or
how much is it worth to take that time away from schoolwork? and so on).
It is standard to allow that it will take you 50% longer than it would in
a best-case scenario (adjust as necessary for different situations – what
could go wrong?).

It is also wise to put limits on what your quoted price includes, so that
it doesn’t use up an undetermined amount of your time – e.g. you will
present the finished product and the client may request one set of changes
(or two, etc., whatever’s reasonable in this situation) at no extra charge
– after that there is an hourly rate for additional work. Without such a
rule it is not uncommon to have a client who keeps requesting changes
until you tell them to keep their darn money and leave you alone :slight_smile:

If you’re doing it mostly for the educational experience, the question may
be more like: what do you need to get so that you don’t feel like someone
took advantage of you?

If you plan to make a regular practice of getting this type of
self-employment income, you should count on one unbillable hour (i.e.
bookkeeping, promoting your business) for each billable hour (i.e. work
your client is paying for), and set your rate accordingly (e.g. the answer
you came up with in the first paragraph times two). Again, this ratio may
be different in your situation (keep track!).

Sean S. <noemail@here.blargh> wrote in message
news:9cv4dl$tch$1@constitution.worldwebserver.com
> My father is talking on the telephone to a guy who is an MPC dealer.
I walk
> downstairs to scope out the TV, en route to the TV I help my father
put a
> paper money note into a holder (Think baseball cards). Then my father
gets
> on to talking about me and how I am a CS major in college. The dealer
asks
> me if I know programming languages (duh) and if I could write a
> program/system that would allow verified users to enter serial numbers
a la
> www.wheresgeorge.com.
>
> Wow. Go networking.
>
> Part two is, if I have the skills to complete this project, what would
> something like this be worth? :slight_smile: Keep in mind that I’d be using this
> project to hone my PHP/MySQL skills.
>
>
>
> –
> Sean S. sunymoon >at< geocities <dot> com Hex(RGB) ->
> http://thedoh.dyndns.org/hexrgb/index.php
>