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Old 01-29-2009, 12:13 AM   #1
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a "friend of a friend" bought a jamin 1/8 scale buggy with a pico evo motor.
he asked me to build it for him and break in the motor since he wants it done right, he has no idea and is brand new to RC.
he's paying me $150...sound like a good deal?
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take that and run lol. i would do it for a gallon of gas
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:42 AM   #3
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Damn, he's paying you a lot...
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:25 AM   #4
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the money is basically a bonus. the important part is helping others. but of course if it becomes a trend that everybody seeks you to build their cars than i suggest you start charging them for your workmanship.
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Most charge around $40 to build a kit, if you're skilled at it you can knock it out in < 4 hours. So $10/hr isn't bad for something you enjoy. Breaking in the motor takes a lot more time. I under stand your friends desire to pay someone, I hate doing both of those tasks.
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the money is basically a bonus. the important part is helping others. but of course if it becomes a trend that everybody seeks you to build their cars than i suggest you start charging them for your workmanship.
+1 great workmanship is hard to find, plus building kits are fun...when i got my 8T in only thing i had to do was diff oil ,radio tray and servos, i said to myself losi make this too easy
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Id do it for free for a friend. But I love building kits.
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if buddy's not hurting for cash...and would truly like it done properly and considering the time for break in and all the final adjustments that inevitably YOU will be responsible for....i say 150 sounds about right....if thats what he offered you....Obviously he feels your time is worth it. Try to get him to hang around or at least watch some of the process so he's still not a 100% noob when it comes to the car/building process...or even the break in process...he's gonna need to learn to turn the needle's eventually.
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if buddy's not hurting for cash...and would truly like it done properly and considering the time for break in and all the final adjustments that inevitably YOU will be responsible for....i say 150 sounds about right....if thats what he offered you....Obviously he feels your time is worth it. Try to get him to hang around or at least watch some of the process so he's still not a 100% noob when it comes to the car/building process...or even the break in process...he's gonna need to learn to turn the needle's eventually.

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150 is a fair price, since you are breaking the motor in as well, you will be able to take your time and do it right since you are getting a decent price for what you are doing
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yeah..he said the local hobby shop wanted $125 and that didnt include breaking in the motor. when im done, he kinda wants me to teach him the basics of tuning the motor and controlling the car basically "what does what" type of deal. hes's the kinda guy who has cash to throw around. nice car nice house LOTS of toys.
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yeah..he said the local hobby shop wanted $125 and that didnt include breaking in the motor. when im done, he kinda wants me to teach him the basics of tuning the motor and controlling the car basically "what does what" type of deal. hes's the kinda guy who has cash to throw around. nice car nice house LOTS of toys.

Just because he has cash to throw around does not mean you need to charge him a lot. You enjoy RC right then you said do the job for free. Now his is paying you $150 for something you enjoying doing thats a bonus..

If he is the type of person that it is willing to learn then show him if he thinks because he has money he can have people do all the stuff for him then charge him an hourly rate to teach him..
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I do it for free for the people I know, and my LHS sometimes.
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ive broken in a few engines for a freind for free, but i dont think i could build a kit for free, that is alot of time and labor
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I've built 2 kits for my friend free of charge before because I enjoy doing it. Now if it's someone I barely know then of course their wallet gona have to come out, lol.
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