Originally Posted by GC Guide
A couple of cases of good beer or 60 cash would do it for me helping a personal friend!
This is a good way to roll, some real good friends I'll work for free or trade time for time.
You have to take into account the size of the "shop", a one man outfit with no overhead and you should get lower rates, someone with an estimator, secretary, advertising, insurance, bonding benefits for employees etc. is going to cost more.
I have some very close friends who weld for a living and while they can charge 90 an hour+ for their work they take the above into account and people get quality work for a good deal. This applies to most trades in my experience.