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*logardrums
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Any free lance Cad people out there?

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11-20-2002 04:47 AM
Hi,
Does anyone do free lance cad work? If so, how much do you charge per hr?
I'm just doing a litle research, because I may have to move to another
state, and I will most likely be able to do my Company's cad work from my
new home. I mainly do Civil design and land development , but I'm curious
what free lance cad people get across the board. I'm considering 25-35 bucks
an hour.
Thanks,
Chris
*johnosn, dc
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Re: Any free lance Cad people out there?

11-20-2002 05:01 AM in reply to: *logardrums
not a free lance but I would not go below $30 I would try for $35 to $40




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Re: Any free lance Cad people out there?

11-20-2002 05:03 AM in reply to: *logardrums
It depends a whole lot in which *profession* you work. After all, CAD is a
tool, not an end in itself. If you do drafting, your figure probably isn't
far off the mark; however, if you do original design, engineering, etc., and
can provide professionally certified (i.e., a PE or RA seal) work, then you
could easily command 2-3 times that amount, depending on which region of the
country/world you end up in.
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"logardrums" wrote in message
news:F2ACD05E1A78F591887426E7F81D0737@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Hi,
> Does anyone do free lance cad work? If so, how much do you charge per hr?
> I'm just doing a litle research, because I may have to move to another
> state, and I will most likely be able to do my Company's cad work from my
> new home. I mainly do Civil design and land development , but I'm curious
> what free lance cad people get across the board. I'm considering 25-35
bucks
> an hour.
> Thanks,
> Chris
>
>
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BobKellerman
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Registered: ‎12-04-2003
Message 4 of 10 (768 Views)

Re: Any free lance Cad people out there?

11-20-2002 05:20 AM in reply to: *logardrums
I do some free lance work (mostly design) and coaching of Autocad-scared architects, interior designers, and students. You do not say whether you are designing or putting others' work into dwg. Working for your old company, you might get less $ but a guarantee of more work. Charge more for new ones, check compettion in your specialties. Bob
*Ted
Message 5 of 10 (768 Views)

Re: Any free lance Cad people out there?

11-21-2002 12:18 AM in reply to: *logardrums
Depends on if you have to buy your own equipment. The only way you should
ask for as low as $30 per hour is if they supply you with a computer and
AutoCAD. Make sure you get to keep the equipment and try for an allowance
for upgrades. Other then that I would be charging about double what you
made working for the company.


"logardrums" wrote in message
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| Hi,
| Does anyone do free lance cad work? If so, how much do you charge per hr?
| I'm just doing a litle research, because I may have to move to another
| state, and I will most likely be able to do my Company's cad work from my
| new home. I mainly do Civil design and land development , but I'm curious
| what free lance cad people get across the board. I'm considering 25-35
bucks
| an hour.
| Thanks,
| Chris
|
|
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tjprice
Posts: 62
Registered: ‎09-01-2003
Message 6 of 10 (768 Views)

Re:

11-21-2002 01:13 AM in reply to: *logardrums
This is piquing my interest in venturing into free-lancing on the side. What kind of equipment is typical in addition to PC and ACAD software? Also, what suggestions do you have to hunt down this type of work? Does this work usually require a business license in the municipality where you reside? I could use the money and utilize the experience I've gained in drafting and other specialties. Thanks in advance for any information you can give.

Tom
*Friedrich, Peter
Message 7 of 10 (768 Views)

Re: Any free lance Cad people out there?

11-21-2002 01:41 AM in reply to: *logardrums
Been there... done that!
Consider---
- are you a draftsman (cad or not, what's that worth?)
- are you more than that-- customization? Specialist? Designer? Civil &
land are worth a good premium*
- What's the turnaround time - BE QUICK OR ELSE!*
- What tools do you have to ensure speed - and what do they cost.
- BE LEGAL - no pirate software should be employed by a freelancer unless
he/she is inviting legal troubles.
*- the premium noted here is ONLY if your deliveries can be prompt- and
You'll need a fast machine for any medium to large project, anyway.... let
your customer(s) know that'll cost - and Be Certain your deliveries
demonstrate and justify the cost.

- benefits (vacation - allow for some- although it may be on their schedule,
now), insurance, some travel (don't be faceless), and other desirables may
be factors in your price, too.

My guess is $30 is a low starting point - but where are you/your
customer(s), and what are the local rates?
I doubt I could sell my services in Mississippi and make a profit with NJ
living expenses, for instance.

Good Luck!


"logardrums" wrote in message
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> Hi,
> Does anyone do free lance cad work? If so, how much do you charge per hr?
> I'm just doing a litle research, because I may have to move to another
> state, and I will most likely be able to do my Company's cad work from my
> new home. I mainly do Civil design and land development , but I'm curious
> what free lance cad people get across the board. I'm considering 25-35
bucks
> an hour.
> Thanks,
> Chris
>
>
*Ted
Message 8 of 10 (768 Views)

Re:

11-21-2002 07:06 AM in reply to: *logardrums
I have only done minor freelance work.  If I
were doing more I would want to charge enough to produce my own sheets (buy
plotter).  AutoCAD and a desktop is all you *need*.  I also do not
know much about the business side of it.  So far I have only charged for me
doing some work.  I pay taxes on the income, but do not consider it a
business, yet.  Sorry I could not be of any more help.

 

 


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This
is piquing my interest in venturing into free-lancing on the side. What kind
of equipment is typical in addition to PC and ACAD software? Also, what
suggestions do you have to hunt down this type of work? Does this work usually
require a business license in the municipality where you reside? I could use
the money and utilize the experience I've gained in drafting and other
specialties. Thanks in advance for any information you can give.

Tom

*pkirill
Message 9 of 10 (768 Views)

Re:

11-21-2002 08:15 AM in reply to: *logardrums
When I started freelancing, I simply asked the clients what they wanted to
pay. Or gave them a rate and called it negotiable. Ususally they would
explain their budget constraints and if I wanted the work, I'd take it to
help them out and help me out. I also started with smaller firms - while
they don't throw money around, they tend to be more fair. Typically more
concerned with having someone dependable that they can afford. Where as the
larger companies tended to say - here's what we pay, take it or leave it.
I've found more long term, steady relationships with the smaller firms as
well.


"Peter Friedrich" wrote in message
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> Been there... done that!
> Consider---
> - are you a draftsman (cad or not, what's that worth?)
> - are you more than that-- customization? Specialist? Designer? Civil &
> land are worth a good premium*
> - What's the turnaround time - BE QUICK OR ELSE!*
> - What tools do you have to ensure speed - and what do they cost.
> - BE LEGAL - no pirate software should be employed by a freelancer unless
> he/she is inviting legal troubles.
> *- the premium noted here is ONLY if your deliveries can be prompt- and
> You'll need a fast machine for any medium to large project, anyway.... let
> your customer(s) know that'll cost - and Be Certain your deliveries
> demonstrate and justify the cost.
>
> - benefits (vacation - allow for some- although it may be on their
schedule,
> now), insurance, some travel (don't be faceless), and other desirables may
> be factors in your price, too.
>
> My guess is $30 is a low starting point - but where are you/your
> customer(s), and what are the local rates?
> I doubt I could sell my services in Mississippi and make a profit with NJ
> living expenses, for instance.
>
> Good Luck!
>
>
> "logardrums" wrote in message
> news:F2ACD05E1A78F591887426E7F81D0737@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> > Hi,
> > Does anyone do free lance cad work? If so, how much do you charge per
hr?
> > I'm just doing a litle research, because I may have to move to another
> > state, and I will most likely be able to do my Company's cad work from
my
> > new home. I mainly do Civil design and land development , but I'm
curious
> > what free lance cad people get across the board. I'm considering 25-35
> bucks
> > an hour.
> > Thanks,
> > Chris
> >
> >
>
>
*Marcus
Message 10 of 10 (768 Views)

Re: Any free lance Cad people out there?

11-25-2002 11:45 PM in reply to: *logardrums
Be very cautious about the contract/agreement you have with a client.
Liability can raise it's ugly head, make sure that you have it in writing
that "they" are responsible for the correctness of drawing content.
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