Off Hour PCs
PC Services & Consulting
~ On YOUR Schedule ~

Manlius, NY



What is Off Hour PCs ?

Off-Hour PCs is a small (OK, really small.....OK, it's just me!) PC consulting service. We're, I mean, I'm different from other consultants for two reasons:
  • I specialize in providing all types of PC services during the hours traditionally reserved for non-business activities. You know, like between 7 and 11 PM on weeknights, and anytime on the weekends. That's right, I'm talking about the parts of the day/week when YOU have free time and need help, the times when no one else is around to help. Hey, I've got a regular day job too, but if I want to earn a little extra income, the only way to do it is to make myself available when it's convenient for YOU.
  • I believe in training and consulting with PC users in a relaxed way. Too often, people shy away from computers or never ask for help because they've been made to feel stupid by my colleagues in the industry. I take a light, humorous approach to put you at ease, and convince you that you can do anything you want with your computer. I ask a lot of questions, to be sure we address the things most important to you, and to help you find the answers for yourself. And I expect you to ask a lot of questions, remembering most importantly that there is no such thing as a dumb question. It's been my experience that users learn more, retain more, and enjoy themselves more when they're taught this way, one on one. For what it's worth, I've also helped many retired people get started with computers, even though they may never have used one before.
I offer services in the following areas:
  • PC Pre-Purchase Consultation - I will discuss your PC needs with you and recommend the proper hardware and software. No, I'm not a dealer, and I don't have some guy giving me free stuff if I send people his way. I'm more concerned with making sure you get what you need, without paying for a lot of stuff you don't need. Hey, if you like, I'll even go to the store with you.
  • PC Setup & Upgrades - I can set up your PC initially and perform any upgrades you may need.
  • PC Software Installation, Training, & Support - including Windows installation and setup, installation and training on many common Windows programs, such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. I can help you with just about any software problems or questions you may have.
  • Internet Setup & Training - I can get you started with the correct hardware, software, and knowledge to connect and use the Internet effectively. If you like, I can even set you up with FREE Internet services.
  • Web Site Creation & Maintenance - I can create a personalized home page, or custom web pages with your content. I will provide training on how to maintain your web site or, I can maintain your site myself for a reasonable monthly fee.
  • Custom Programming - Working with you, I can create customized software applications for your business or personal use. I can develop programs in several different languages.

What Off-Hour PCs does not do:

There are certain jobs that we, I mean, I cannot accept:
  • Macintosh or Apple Computer work - I can spell 'MAC', and even 'APPLE'. But that's about it as far as my knowledge of these machines.
  • Large Scale Programming Jobs - If you need some custom programming that will require a programming team, you're probably working regular business hours, and like I said before, I've already got a day job, and my wife won't let me quit it!
  • Large Scale Programming Jobs Needed In a Hurry - A wise programmer once said, "I can do it quickly, or I can do it right. Which do you prefer?" Enough said.
  • Work Outside of the Immediate Syracuse, NY area - If you're more than a half hour's drive from my center of the universe, it's probably not worth the trip for me, unless you can have me work remotely. I apologize for my brutal honesty, but it's the only way I know, and I believe it saves time and aggravation for everyone. Of course, I can be flexible on this for the right price.........:-)
  • Home Repair and Improvement - I'm a pretty handy guy around the house, but my wife already has me doing enough home improvement projects. Frankly, I'm not all that anxious to take on any more.......

Why should I pay this yo-yo to help me with my computer ?

My name is David Best. Yes, it's my real name, (and please spare me the jokes -- I've heard 'em all) and no, that's not why you should hire me, but I do have more than 14 years of computer experience on a variety of equipment and operating systems. I've been a programmer/analyst and software developer, with several local companies, working on financial applications, sales automation, general database maintenance and processing, and web site creation and maintenance.

How much am I going to have to pay for this yo-yo to help me with my PC and/or programming needs?

My rates for various services are listed below. All rates assume that you provide the necessary hardware and software, although I will be more than happy to select and purchase items for you, with appropriate costs added.(Note: Reduced prices on consulting fees are available to non-profit organizations.)

Business Rates:

 
Initial Consultation (1/2 hour)
FREE
PC Purchase, Setup, Software Installation and Training, Internet Training, General Assistance, etc.
$40/hour
Website Design, Programming, and Implementation
$50/hour
Custom Programming (Access, Visual Basic, Java, etc)
$60/hour
Website Monthly Maintenance
Inquire
Monthly PC and Software Support Contracts
Inquire
 

Private Rates:

 
Initial Consultation (1/2 hour)
FREE
PC Purchase, Setup, Software Installation and Training, Internet Training, General Assistance, etc.
$25/hour
Website Design, Programming, and Implementation
$40/hour
Custom Programming (Access, Visual Basic, Java, etc)
$50/hour
Website Monthly Maintenance
Inquire
Monthly PC and Software Support Contracts
Inquire
 

A quick note on my rates:

Prices are for my time alone, and do not include hardware, software, or other external fees. I will disclose ALL other costs as soon as they're known. If you check around, I think you'll find my rates to be quite reasonable. In fact, most consultants won't publish their rates -- we're telling you up front.
 
 

So what are you waiting for ?

Please give me a call, send me an e-mail, drop me a line, send a carrier pigeon, or whatever, and we'll talk about what you want to do with your PCs (or the one you plan to buy) and how I can help you do it. I promise you won't be disappointed with our, I mean my, services.

Email:

  dbest1@twcny.rr.com

Phone:

  (315) 682-7590
 

Samples of our, I mean my work:

 
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