First Freelance Contract Job!
It's been a long road for IT Professionals, Inc. and a steep learning curve. But this week we had our very first job! As things are moving along we decided to place our services for hire on some contracting venues starting late last week.
Low and behold we saw a job that we bid on and to our delight we got it! What was the job? Was it a couple thousand dollar service contract? A multi-million dollar deal? Not at all. We were contracted to simply replace a pre-configured small form factor Dell Optiview desktop for a recreational facility called iTrampoline in Kapolei, HI.
There were only two logistical challenges. The system was suspended about 15 feet in the air, and we weren't really informed on how to replace the system. See, this was a service call for a purchased system that the customer had acquired a couple of years back. The owner of the system does not have any local technicians in HI, and therefore we answered the call to act on their behalf.
Fortunately the customer had agreed to provide a lift to reach the device, and we were fortunate enough to bring the correct hex keys to open the chassis and replace the device. You don't always know what you're getting into with freelance contracting.
The job took exactly 61 minutes and the payout was 125.00. Not bad for an hours worth of work, but also have to factor in that it took an hour to drive there, and an hour back, and it was the only job we had for the week...
Not enough to live off of for sure, but it's a start! And when starting up a business you have to start somewhere! So yes, there is going to be an eternal dollar that gets encased in glass as our first earnings!
The next day we won 2x bids for a job totaling almost $10,000.00, but then quickly fell apart as the purchasing customer cancelled the project without explanation. On this journey I'm sure there will be plenty of ups and downs, but it's a journey we won't be deterred from.
It's been an interesting first week, but we're in the saddle now and don't plan on getting off anytime soon!