Quote: Originally Posted by whs
$50 to $80/hr should be a fair rate provided you solve the problems at hand. $25 is too cheap. Remember that you have to pay taxes and possibly social security and health insurance from that money. I would also add a mileage charge per call.
Exactly. Also make clear the hours you are working, and the price of any work done outside these hours.
Throughout my professional career, I've always used a simple principle to count the worth of my work, first as a private entrepreneur, later the head of the small company. Simply decide what's the net per hour you need / want, add all the costs like taxes, insurance etc. and you have the gross.
As Whs mentioned, that $25 seems awfully low, IMO anything under $50 would not be good. However, I'm in Europe and have no deeper knowledge of the costs and price of this kind of services in America, so this is just my opinion.