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    HI guys I dont know if this belongs in the yak corral or not. But does anyone here do database work on the side as an independent contractor? And how is that working for you?

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    yes i have been doing it "on the side" for years

    working out well

    thanks for asking

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    Ok do yoiu do it part time?? I have done some computer and DBA work on the side and I am not sure how you charge for something like that? I guess it depends on what they need you to do?

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    yes, i do it part time -- the other part of the time, i loaf around a lot (i'm semi-retired), primarily just hanging out on database forums (i'm not joking either)

    i also have a minimum-wage non-computer-related part time job (anywhere from 10 to 30 hours/week) which i enjoy ~immensely~

    as for the consulting, i charge by the hour, billable in 5-minute increments

    my rate is certainly not anywhere near what DBAs typically command, but that's because i don't do DBA work, just ordinary run-of-the-mill database design and query writing

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    Mostly long term contracts via W2 Employer or some other vendor.

    I never had a contract < 1 year. Rates have ranged from $70 - $140 /hr, but this is in the NYC metro area.

    Nowadays, I'm not sure since I am still technically a contractor, but paid a salary by a consulting company that employs me, I know for sure my rate is no less than $135/hr.
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    Whaaaaat! $135 per hour?!?!

    I don't even want to look at how long that would take me to earn
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    He doesn't see that

    In any case...

    >> i also have a minimum-wage non-computer-related part time job (anywhere from 10 to 30 hours/week) which i enjoy ~immensely~

    Beer taster?
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    I get about 1/2 that which I am extremely grateful for, I smell a salary cut coming though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Kaiser
    Beer taster?
    i wish

    i mean, i do taste beer--on occasion, eh--but i pay them, not the other way round
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Kaiser
    He doesn't see that
    I'd happily walk away with half that...
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    WOW THATS ALLOT.. you gotta be kidding me??? Well you have allot more experience under your belt too. Wow I have a friend thats a database developer and she makes $100,000 a year

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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by PMASchmed
    I get about 1/2 that which I am extremely grateful for, I smell a salary cut coming though.
    A salary cut, oh man I hope not. YEAH the agency gets a big chunk of that
    Last edited by desireemm; 03-09-09 at 16:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desireemm
    WOW THATS ALLOT.. you gotta be kidding me??? Well you have allot more experience under your belt too. Wow I have a friend thats a database developer and she makes $100,000 a year
    100K in NYC does not get you that far. People pay $2300 for a 1 bed apt.

    Outlying suburbs no better, 500K buys you a handyman special, and 10K-12K taxes a year on top of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMASchmed
    100K in NYC does not get you that far. People pay $2300 for a 1 bed apt.

    Outlying suburbs no better, 500K buys you a handyman special, and 10K-12K taxes a year on top of that.

    OH ok now I see, your in New york. Now that makes a very big difference, huge. its more expensive there then it is here in San Diego California

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    I thought SD was expensive too, I guess not as bad as SF and other sections of Ca. I've was there in '96 for a Sybase conference and did not want to come home, 80 degrees, sunny, just totally superb weather.

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