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Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:37 pm
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COMPENSATION RATE: All rates below include mileage, time onsite and travel time

Distance Rate

0-30 miles $18 flat per incident
31-50 miles $22 flat per incident
51-75 miles $35 flat per incident
76-100 miles $45 flat per incident


What the hell? am I reading this correctly? Is this independent contracting position even worth it? I'm new to this. This is for hardware issues on laptops/desktops.
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Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:12 am
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To drive 50km (c. 30 miles) each way would cost about 10.

lets assume petrol in the US is cheaper ... so do a 1:1 conversion from euro to $

30 mile round trip (regardless of how long you stay on-site)
Earn = $18.00
Costs = $10.00
Tax (c. 30% on the $18) = $5.40
Cup of Coffee = $2.60

Net Return = 0

No point getting in the car!!!
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Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:30 am
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precisely. Thank you. I don't even know how they get sheep to do this for them. Terrible.
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Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:00 pm
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As a contractor, I am reimbursed $.55 per mile. For the first one, that's about normal. After that, you aren't even getting the equivalent of the tax break.

If your car gets 20 miles per gallon (it should be better as a contractor...mine gets roughly 27), then each gallon of gas would net you 11 dollars. Given that gas is 3 bucks a gallon, and given the wear and tear, you should expect $.55 per mile. 100 miles at $.55 is 55 bucks, which is higher than 48.

You should also be able to bill for your time driving as well.
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