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How much for 5 hours of IT help?

Posted on 2014-04-16
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Hi Experts,

I am hosting a 5 hour workshop next month, and I want to hire an IT professional to be there for any possible technical issues...  from wifi to misc. laptop problems... anything technical that I can't handle. I have two people in mind but I have no idea how much to offer for the job!

What would you consider a reasonable price to pay an IT pro to be on standby for 5 hours?

Thanks in advance for the advice,
kitten
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I would guess $50 to $100 per hour and if you're going to pay them, they might as well do the work.
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you can ask several, for what they expect to get paid - and see if it suits you
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Around here the consultants charge $80-120 /hr I agree with Dave - why pay them to be on standby?
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i would offer a "low" fee for standby, but higher when they actually do the job, as you said : 50-100$
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$500 for the day is not out of line and actually very reasonable. Consider that you probably want to set up which means either showing up the night before or a couple of hours early.  Drive time etc.  The 5hrs of actual workshop can convert to 8hrs when you think of set up and travel.

If you were to hire other professionals for the day like a videographer, you would be at $1,000 to $2,000.  Most consultants have daily rates in that same range.
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Thanks for the advice! :)
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