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I charge my family for labor due to the cause of the failure was neglect, and repeated damaging behaviors. For example she would always hit her laptop if it didn't work.

Also she stored the laptop in the slit between her nightstand and bed. Also, to prove the neglect she also has a broken charger at the moment. Good thing we have 3 identical laptops.

Also, FYI I don't have a job!!!!!! Granted, I am 14 so I just kind of find work that I can do and get payed for time to time but I truly can't even get a job due to connecticut's stupid child labor laws.
    
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I do this and all sorts of other PC repairs all the time for free...but people will ussually give me $20-$50 for a tip. Every now and then some one will drop a $100 tip on a 30 minute project though. People ask me how much and I just say what ever it is worth to them. It's gotten to the point where I really should be reporting it as wages
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Its still family and you could have had to do it for free. You can't charge her based upon how much she abuses it. She is having to pay for her behaviors by purchasing the new parts, regardless of who repairs it. Go enjoy life before you have to work for the next 40-50 years.
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I do this and all sorts of other PC repairs all the time for free...but people will ussually give me $20-$50 for a tip. Every now and then some one will drop a $100 tip on a 30 minute project though. People ask me how much and I just say what ever it is worth to them. It's gotten to the point where I really should be reporting it as wages
Hmm, sounds cool man. I hope that soon enough most of my friends parents start to realize the stuff I do so that I can start building pcs, for other at like a $50 charge. It only really take 2 hours to put together a pc, although I spent like 5 on my sig rig doing insane cable managment. So, it would be nice to start getting that kind of money. I may talk to my parents about posting an ad on craigslist. However, I would only work on PC's that are out of warranty because I am not certified.

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Its still family and you could have had to do it for free. You can't charge her based upon how much she abuses it. She is having to pay for her behaviors by purchasing the new parts, regardless of who repairs it. Go enjoy life before you have to work for the next 40-50 years.
I however, need the money to do things. My parents don't pay for anything and for god sakes my birthday was in april and they told me they would get me a new bike and that still hasn't happened. The only present I got for my birthday I purchased myself because I felt it was an occasion I felt I could spend money on myself. Oh, and besides the money that I receive from her would most likely go into purchaseing video equipment for her.
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since i've worked in a laptop repair shop. $25-$35 is a good price point. you really can't charge more because it took you longer than you expected.

honestly, i'm questioning how it took 5 hours if it was a simple lcd replacement. shouldn't take more than 15 min tops. now if it was a hp/compaq and you had to replace the cpu... there manuals are trash and the motherboard placement is terrible...

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However, I would only work on PC's that are out of warranty because I am not certified.
you can work on any PC's you want. just don't say or post you're certified. honestly, certification means you took a test and passed. doesn't measure if you can actually fix something. also what does warranty and certification have to do with anything? make sure you do tell the customers that physically working on the "product" does void warranty in most cases. also have them sign a waiver.
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50 is even a bit low.

I got 5 thousand dollars for simply ordering my hospitals computers off newegg. Saving the whole plaza over 30 grand.
I wish I would have gotten even $100 for recommending my college where I'm a student to build 25 computer at a $350 price point instead of paying almost $800 dell with older hardware. Besides recommending them that and I actually built them and just got paid per hours was fun though.

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since i've worked in a laptop repair shop. $25-$35 is a good price point. you really can't charge more because it took you longer than you expected.

honestly, i'm questioning how it took 5 hours if it was a simple lcd replacement. shouldn't take more than 15 min tops. now if it was a hp/compaq and you had to replace the cpu... there manuals are trash and the motherboard placement is terrible...
True that, I helped a friend and told him I wouldn't charge him. But after seeing how painful it was to do everything I was changing my mind, but I couldn't back up and charge him. I had to take the screen out and unplug pretty much everything just to get to the CPU and heat-sink which were clogged with dust bunnies.

Back to the OP sometimes even if you spend 10 hours doing something that should really take 1 hour or so, you have to charge about what you would have charged for that hour. I've done things that take me more than it should because I either lacked experience or I was just not paying attention what I was doing and I made some mistakes. But, I had to realize that I had to charge what it was right so I could keep the few customers I get quite often so they keep coming.
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since i've worked in a laptop repair shop. $25-$35 is a good price point. you really can't charge more because it took you longer than you expected.

honestly, i'm questioning how it took 5 hours if it was a simple lcd replacement. shouldn't take more than 15 min tops. now if it was a hp/compaq and you had to replace the cpu... there manuals are trash and the motherboard placement is terrible...



you can work on any PC's you want. just don't say or post you're certified. honestly, certification means you took a test and passed. doesn't measure if you can actually fix something. also what does warranty and certification have to do with anything? make sure you do tell the customers that physically working on the "product" does void warranty in most cases. also have them sign a waiver.
It took 5 hours because the manual said to put 4 of the same size screws on the hinges, while it was really supossed to be 2 of on size and 2 of another. So it took me several hours to find the 2 screws of the certain size I was missing to put the keyboard back in. Oh, and I had other issues. Along the way, like everytime I went to power it on, it wouldn't turn on. The way the cables are connected is utter trash because they don't stay in.

Now to the computer repair thing, I really don't want to be voiding peoples warranties because while I will be able to fix almost any problem, if the cpu dies at some point while they would have still been warantied I don't want them complaining to me. However, if they would be coming to craigslist instead most likely the problem isn't covered so I would really have no problem fixing it. As I said I'll talk to my parents about it.
    
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I wish I would have gotten even $100 for recommending my college where I'm a student to build 25 computer at a $350 price point instead of paying almost $800 dell with older hardware. Besides recommending them that and I actually built them and just got paid per hours was fun though.



True that, I helped a friend and told him I wouldn't charge him. But after seeing how painful it was to do everything I was changing my mind, but I couldn't back up and charge him. I had to take the screen out and unplug pretty much everything just to get to the CPU and heat-sink which were clogged with dust bunnies.

Back to the OP sometimes even if you spend 10 hours doing something that should really take 1 hour or so, you have to charge about what you would have charged for that hour. I've done things that take me more than it should because I either lacked experience or I was just not paying attention what I was doing and I made some mistakes. But, I had to realize that I had to charge what it was right so I could keep the few customers I get quite often so they keep coming.
completely agreed. but this is made up by the easy jobs that you get the majority of the time. btw i hate taking on jobs that seem easy but turn out to be a pain in the butt...

now when i do take jobs (occasionally) i charge a quoting price which lets them know how much the job will cost overall. this saves me time and the customer time.
    
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Whats wrong with youth today sheesh... You tell her to hook you up with one of her hot friends. Done and Done.
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completely agreed. but this is made up by the easy jobs that you get the majority of the time. btw i hate taking on jobs that seem easy but turn out to be a pain in the butt...

now when i do take jobs (occasionally) i charge a quoting price which lets them know how much the job will cost overall. this saves me time and the customer time.
HAHA the jobs that seem easy are always the worst. Kind of like when you see a virus and you're like this will be so easy and then the virus comes up even in safe mode and you're like EFFFF YOU.

However, qouting the price is a good idea, and I will now seriously consider trying to put up an ad. It would be nice to have some income even if it is only $20 a week.

P.s. Thank you, Rep+ for you.

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Whats wrong with youth today sheesh... You tell her to hook you up with one of her hot friends. Done and Done.
I think I will pass her friends are either ugly or have a boyfriend that is captian of thehigh school soccer team. And I'm on the team. Don't tjhink it would be good to mess with him. :/
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