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xphil3

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To all you consultants out there, how do you guys get very short term gigs(IE. a weekend job, few nights)? When I first started college I worked at a computer shop and the owner used some "consulting service" website and would task me with network install jobs(DS3/T1, cable), SMB installs or upgrades but I can't for the life of me remember what website he used.

Anyone use any of these sites, from what I remember they were offering lots of very high level(high paying) short term gigs too(CCIE/JNCIE level)?
 

jadams

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Sounds interesting, I'd use something like that long as I could work after hours. Not giving up my job for short time gigs.
 
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Probably talking about OnForce.com, used to be called computerjobs.com I think. I used to do a bunch of LCD/Plasma TV repair jobs on the side through them, until they quit paying decent. Some asshat in town is fixing TVs for $30/hour now. I've done a few PC/Server repair jobs and some Cisco route/switch work through that service, too. Basically people need a tech in a box somewhere they don't have a presence, they post a ticket and route to you if you're listed in the OnForce directory and meet their job requirements. I used to make a few hundred bucks a week fixing TVs because no one else would do it in town.

Also, you could look at finding a tech temp company. There's a local techy head-hunting company that I did some weekend grunt work for a few years ago. Of course, they call me like 4-6 times a year now, trying to get me to switch jobs...
 

hawk82

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http://www.fieldsolutions.com is another onforce-like company

Honestly I've only done one job for OnForce and 0 jobs for field solutions. Jobs usually pay too low or require unreimbursed or poorly paid travel. If I were starting out, yeah I guess the pay is okay. But I've been in business for 6 yrs now and the pay scale on most of these sites just don't make any sense.

For instance, $140.00 on a weekend to install a new POS system or something else. I value my time, and $140.00 on a weekend just isn't worth it, in my opinion.
 
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Exactly. When I started doing TV repair jobs they were paying out $125-175 a 1-2 hour job. Now they want you to do the same thing for $45. Umm, no way, so not worth my time. Once I hung an AP at Petco for $100. Another time I ran around swapped out all the store "servers" at four different Dollar Trees. Did all four stores in one day and made $400, that was okay. Those ones are few and far between, though. Don't think I've done an OnForce gig in over a year.
 

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i have one of these companies always calling me and nagging me about printer maintenance and etc....

they pay ~60 an hour... i just don't have the time to deal with them right now, sometimes they want me to do the dumbest shit
 

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i wish i could put my self on a list to get calls all day here on Vancouver island. Been working on printers for the last 15 years.
 

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Props to you, i would have gone crazy after that much time spent with printers lol

I have used Onforce to find techs if i need one

Ive looked over their site to submit my self to be a tech, but i can't find where to do so on their site.
 

hawk82

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Ive looked over their site to submit my self to be a tech, but i can't find where to do so on their site.

https://www.onforce.com/page/professionals_signup

OnForce takes a cut of your job payment. If I remember it was 15%. It gets directly deposited into your checking account. Also (if you are a US resident) they will submit your earnings to the IRS so you should claim the earnings on your tax return.
 

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https://www.onforce.com/page/professionals_signup

OnForce takes a cut of your job payment. If I remember it was 15%. It gets directly deposited into your checking account. Also (if you are a US resident) they will submit your earnings to the IRS so you should claim the earnings on your tax return.

I just signed up for the one above, ill sign up to yours too, i'm in Canada, so id like to start getting contracts, need to live, and being a single self employed tech i need the contracts.
 
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