1) $80 an hour at a full-time job equates to $160K a year annual salary.
(This is based on 40 hour week times 50 week year, but is still a good
rule of thumb.)
2) Consultants, on average, spend 1/3rd of their time looking for work,
so they need to charge 3 times more than if they were employed full-time
doing the same thing. ($80 an hour as a consultant equates to $27 as a
So, it may be helpful to think of whether you'd take a job with a $53K
annual salary. But, don't forget the externalities:
a) Some people enjoy the work they do, meaning that work constitutes
consumption as well as investment, and complicating the labor-leisure
tradeoff calculation. (I consider myself extremely lucky to be in this
b) Potential positive externality: doing this work may get you
additional jobs with this company or others.
c) Potential negative externality: if others hear about this job, they
may no longer be willing to pay you more.
But, finally, I think the best analysis is based opportunity cost. What
else would you be doing with your time? Do you *want* to do the work?
Although I'm a fairly rational person, I think the important decisions
should be made by gut feel.
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> -----Original Message----- > From: I Find Karma [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] > Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 1997 10:41 PM > To: FoRK@pest.w3.org > Subject: Consulting for Dollars... or Chump Change? > > So someone earlier this week offered me a consulting job at 80 bucks > an > hour (pretax). > > And more than one friend I've talked to since has said that that offer > was "Chump Change" -- that is, the person who made the offer to me > shows > me that he thinks I'm a chump by lowballing me with such an inadequate > offering of what he thinks my time is worth. > > Any of you overopininated folks agree or disagree with my friends' > "Chump Change" hypothesis? You can respond to me personally if you > don't want your opinions archived (with sour grapes)... > > ---- > email@example.com > > ObBits: 166 book titles (printed, produced, and distributed) came out > in > America EACH DAY IN 1996 (60,000 titles in the whole year).