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A discussion about the billing practices of IT Support contractors and my ideas of what is fair and what is not!
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by:Lee W, MVP
It's important, in my opinion, to state from the onset, that repairs billed by the hour could quickly exceed the value of the PC.  If I can't fix a machine in 30-60 minutes, I give the client the option of a complete reload or buying a new machine... but you also have to keep in mind, it's not JUST the cost of the hardware and to a lesser extent the software.  There's configuration and data migration.  If they want things EXACTLY the way they were before, add that to the cost of a new PC and fixing the old one, even when the total charge is as much as a new physical computer, it may prove considerably cheaper.  (You buy a new house and the expenses don't stop there.  Now you often spend at least a little on "upgrades" and customizations - paint, carpet, new appliances, the move in costs... etc.... house costs $200000... but you then spend $20000 more on incidentals/extras

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by:Brighton Davies
Brilliant write-up – completely agree with your thoughts on transparency. Can’t tell you how many times I got ripped off by subpar support b/c they weren’t upfront about knowledge/rates/etc. I’ve learned to take care of a lot on my own (Google FTW) but when I need an expert eye/opinion mustardit.co.uk doesn’t let me down or charge ridiculous fees.
This article summarizes all the important questions that an app development team has to ask the client before stepping into the development process
There is a very good article here on Experts Exchange on the 5 Reasons you should NOT fix a computer for free. That article is both articulate and for the most part true. But the other side is worth stating. Here is my experience...
Working from home is a dream for many people who aren’t happy about getting up early, going to the office, and spending long hours at work. There are lots of benefits of remote work for employees.
Building a successful professional career is a long and difficult journey, especially in case if your decisions are not chosen carefully. For example, if you think that you can get to the desired position without experience and apply for it, your chances of getting are very low. So, one needs to pro
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There are many benefits to finding online courses that align with your personal or career goals. Read more about our reasons for continuing your education in technology.

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by:Daniella Barion
Interesting article, today there is a myriad of possibilities to stay current in a profession or start something completely new.
It's important to prioritize the time and keep the focus to reach goals that can be professional or personal. Want and make it happens only depends on you.
It can often be challenging to stay relevant in the rapidly evolving world of technology. This can make recruiting talent difficult for companies of all sizes.
With the shift in today’s hiring climate, many companies are choosing to hire freelancers to get projects completed efficiently and inexpensively. In order to get the maximum financial benefit from outsourcing, it’s essential that your project descriptions are crafted to attract qualified freelancers and promote effective communication.

Taking the time to organize your project description, requirements, an accurate budget, and realistic deadline will help freelancers discern whether or not they are a good fit for the project, thereby narrowing your pool of candidates and saving you time and money.

Follow these simple steps to create a winning project description, be a great client, and connect with thousands of qualified technology professionals available for freelance work to get your projects completed now.

Craft an Eye Catching Title

Your project title is the first thing that a freelancer sees. Be mindful that your project will be one of many on a list, and will often be viewed at a glance by someone looking for freelance work. Make sure your title stands out in the crowd. Many sites have a character limit for titles, so make it simple, catchy, and informative. If you’re stumped, try writing the project description first and coming back to the title afterward.

Carefully Consider Budget

It’s an age old story, whether you’re looking for full-time employment or contract work. In order to land a job, you must have experience.
Whether you believe the “gig economy,” as it has been dubbed, is the next big economic paradigm shift or an overstated trend, the fact is that the workforce at large is evolving significantly. New social collaboration tools, the continuing demand for job flexibility and general economic fluctuation, among other factors, have lead to more and more off-site and freelance work—especially in the realm of technology¹.

Gig work can mean more control over your career trajectory and more freedom in defining the boundaries of your professional and personal lives, but the figure-it-out-as-you-go approach can easily lead to floundering and frustration for those who dive into this brave new world unprepared. With studies suggesting that the on-demand workforce will double in size by 2020, it’s becoming increasingly important that we understand and adapt to this metamorphosis. We’ve provided five tips to assist those who are considering a transition into the bustling world of freelance work.

1. Be Flexible

One of the great perks of freelance work is the ability to work on your own terms.  While this freedom is a great perk of the lifestyle, establishing too …
If you want to move up through the ranks in your technology career, talent and hard work are the bare necessities. But they aren’t enough to make you stand out.

Expanding your skills, actively promoting your accomplishments and using promotion strategies will help get you on the short list and into the “yes” pile.

1. Sharpen your skills

Get certified 
65% of employers take certifications into consideration when deciding between two equally qualified applicants. Commit to acquiring at least one new certificate every year if possible.

Know (and learn) what's hot
Forrester Research put end-to-end business technologies at the top of their list of emerging technology trends. Add the internet of things (IoT) and current solutions like the cloud, mobile, and data analytics and you should have enough long-term knowledge on your plate to last you the next few years.

Love what you do
You are going to spend 8-10 hours a day at your job, plus extra hours acquiring more knowledge. Make sure the direction you have chosen is one that fills you up at least as much as it drains you out.

Try new things
It’s important to know how to do one thing really well, but don’t stop there! Experiment with solutions outside your comfort zone until you develop enough general knowledge to be useful or provide cross-over support.

Follow the 80-20 rule
One of the biggest challenges facing freelancers is balancing multiple projects and deadlines. Organizational skills and time management are key to keeping up with projects and staying on track. Luckily, we’ve curated seven tools to help you focus on the work at hand, boost your productivity, and build a thriving freelance business.

1. Avoid Scope Creep with BrainLeaf

Are you constantly worried about the dreaded scope creep? BrainLeaf is a handy online tool that allows you to scope your tech projects quickly and accurately. It also allows you to process billing  and share updates with clients, making it a versatile way to track the progress of your projects and not over commit your time. BrainLeaf beta is free, so act now to try it out!

2. Create Next Generation To-do Lists with Wunderlist

There are plenty of ways to check things off of your to-do lists, but our personal favorite is Wunderlist. With reminders, notifications, and great organizational options, Wunderlist will quickly become your go-to planning program for personal and professional tasks, since it is compatible across all of your devices. The ability to use hashtags for tracking is one of our favorite features. The best part? It’s free!

3. Track Your Time with Hours

When you’re working from home outside of regular office hours, keeping track of your hours can be a challenge. Hours
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Booming numbers of freelancing professionals are changing the face of work. In the United States alone last year, the number of workers freelancing grew from 700,000 to 54 million, according to a Freelancers’ Union study. Each is enjoying greater freedom, flexibility and control, thanks to marketplace sites like Upwork, PeoplePerHour and Experts Exchange.

Of course, it is not just workers who are benefiting from sites powering the “gig economy.” Companies are also reaping the rewards by hiring amazing contractors who are transforming their businesses.

At ours, we have fished in freelance marketplaces a number of times for developers, copywriters and website builders. When you are facing a time crunch, hiring for a one-off project is a great way to run a self-contained job and quickly get the result out into the world.

While I have seen countless successful projects completed by professionals hired online, sometimes the relationship sours, breaks down and ends in disappointment. So, what are the typical pitfalls, and how can you avoid them?

1. Start small

You may have grand visions for a game-changing site, service or app. But don’t throw it all on to an untested freelancer’s desk at the same time. If you write a $50,000 job spec for a new app to …
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by:Martin Liss
I'd like to chime in. First of all here is the 2016 survey. Secondly I find it hard to believe that according to the article "35% of the total U.S. workforce" are freelancers, so I guess someone should look into the survey's definition of a "freelancer", since it can't possibly be true that 35% of the population are technical freelancers.
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How can you create a game plan that lets you focus on special projects instead of running from cubicle to cubicle every day and feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing? Try these strategies for prioritizing your tasks, offloading what you can, and managing your time effectively.
In this guide, I outline 7 key steps to help technology professionals grow their careers. Whether you have been working in technology for 10 years or for 10 days, follow these steps to help you achieve your career goals and pursue your passions.
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Transparency shows that a company is the kind of business that it wants people to think it is.
As freelancing is becoming more and more common in the tech industry, certain obstacles are proving to be a challenge to those who are used to more traditional, structured employment. This article is meant to help identify such obstacles and offer advice on how to overcome them.

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by:Yashwant Vishwakarma
Nice article Morgan :)
Voted as Good article :) Thumbs up.
Keep sharing your knowledge
Stay blessed :)
The process of eDiscovery comprises a very critical early process known as litigation hold. This is the preservation phase which dictates that all which has a bearing on a pending case be preserved. This data is then collected, processed, reviewed, and any other relevant activity. Of all the phases, it is the holding phase that ranks in priority. A failure to preserve the data in the required manner can attract spoliation claims as well as sanctions. 
The Need for Professional Help
There are professional companies that are ready to help you achieve the optimum alignment of your document retention policy and your litigation hold strategy. Without help from expert hands, it is very impossible to balance the competing interests of the responsible departments. This effort covers the IT and Legal departments which must coordinate their efforts for a common good.

Search for options online and research on the nature of services that are available. You should also know more on the reputation of your prospects in the market and also search for online reviews before settling for a single provider.
The Problem with Litigation Hold Requirements

In my own experience, any number of people work for one or more companies throughout their working life and then find, for whatever reason, they want to consider private business consulting as a later-in-life career. I did this. If you look in my Experts Exchange profile, I worked for General Electric for a number of years in Finance and Information Technology, for Black Photo Corporation as Director – Information Technology, and then a short time for a regulatory company. I worked in a company environment for just over 30 years.
At the end of all that, I could have considered very early retirement, but I chose instead to incorporate and set up a private business consultancy. I have been consulting successfully for about 13 years, and although (sooner rather than later) I should consider later retirement, I will probably keep going for another year or so (at least this is my current thinking). I can fit consulting into my other volunteer activities and make it all work together, consulting keeps me physically and mentally active, and it seems worthwhile to continue on at a steady but busy overall pace.
For this article, I am going to talk about Information Technology consulting and financial accounting consulting. There are many possibilities for consulting and I provide consulting services in these areas where I have solid experience.
Why did I enter consulting? Why not just get another job?
On one hand, it is harder rather than easier to land a …

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by:Dawid Fusek
ahh, as I appreciate the experienced professionals and consultants like you John.

Pity that corporations and even smaller companies rather not like so experienced professionals like You and also like me (15+ years of exp in IT).

Very good art. mate.
I'm thinking about moving to Canada in some next years, good to know advices like yours mate.

best regards
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Thank you for the kind words. I like working with my customers and my colleague likes the work as well.


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