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 From: Boudewijn Lutgerink
  Where is Boudewijn Lutgerink?
 Hoonaardstraat, Driel
 Boudewijn Lutgerink
 To: Ryan Lashway
  Where is Ryan Lashway?
 New York - United States
 Ryan Lashway
Subject: RE: Consulting Price ?
Thread ID: 104384 Message ID: 104428 # Views: 1 # Ratings: 0
Version: Visual FoxPro 9 Category: General VFP Topics
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:29:32 PM         

> Does anyone have a recommended consulting price ? I have recently began consulting and need to know a ballpark hourly rate for Visual Foxpro, any help in the consulting area would be great, practices, recommend procedures or protocals.
> Ryan J. Lashway
> http://www.lashtech.com

I can only talk from a European pov.
I don't think it really matters what you offer, whether you do VFP, VB, C++, PHP...
What does matter, in my opinion, is that you are able to create a helicopterview on things so that from there on you can FIRST offer a solution in the broadest sense of the word and then narrow it down to the most appropriate tool (which does not always have to be VFP) and system architecture.

This way you offer a lot more bang for the bucks for your customers and might make it possible that you can, in time, charge more.

Another POV, is offered by Whil Hentzen a few years ago in his DevGuide books. He hires developers and pays them by actionpoints completed.
An actionpoint is ANY part of a piece of software a developer has to work on in order to make it work.

If you are good, you develop a LOT per hour and so your income increases.
If you are new to the area, you develop less so your income will not go up as much. When experience grows the speed of development increases as well and this reults in a higher income.
Of course, this can only be applied when a design is well into its final specs.

What I do here is that I use a kind of Xtreme Programming. I develop some specs, then develop the software, have it tested and eventually modified... and so on till the sofwtare is developed.
What I also do is to look where the biggest gain for the customer is.
If dept A has 50 ppl working on sofwtare and the expected ROI on the software is 50K and another dept has 10 ppl workiing but the ROI is expected to be 75K I would go for that first.

As one of my former employers once said, this is building a shed in order to end up with a house that is exactly what the customer wants.
meanwhile you get paid for building sheds...
Also read my post on software development and economics.


Boudewijn LutgeĀ®ink
If it ain't a Border Collie it's just a dog...


Consulting Price ? Posted by Ryan Lashway @ 8/15/2006 10:20:41 PM
RE: Consulting Price ? Posted by Marcia Akins @ 8/16/2006 1:33:28 AM
RE: Consulting Price ? Posted by Andy Kramek @ 8/16/2006 12:39:11 PM
RE: Consulting Price ? Posted by Boudewijn Lutgerink @ 8/16/2006 1:29:32 PM
RE: Consulting Price ? Posted by Pete Sass @ 8/16/2006 9:49:55 PM