I Do Adore Side Projects
No, I Will Not Fix Your Computer ...
As a technology veteran with over 20 years in the industry, I have significant professional experience with, and can provide references for my abilities in, software development, web development, database design, server administration, network administration, business analysis, technical writing, ghost blogging, podcasting, CRM, web traffic analytics, SEO Optimization, and social network marketing. (Though honestly if you pay me -- or anyone -- for those last two, I will apologize in advance for being unable to control my snickering when you talk to me.)
Time permitting, I am usually more than happy to help you out with any of these items. Please note, however, that PC repair is not in that list. It's not my thing, I'm not good at it, and it will only serve to raise my stress-level and lower my self-esteem when I can't figure your problem out ... or blow up your PC (both have happened). If you so much as ask me to fix your computer, even if you offer to pay me, it will only encourage me to become suddenly interested in other items on my project list -- such as cleaning out the drip pan in my oven. Nor will it do you any good to bring me a computer with some vague comment like "when you get time." You will only be saying goodbye to a computer because, by the time you get round to retrieving it (unrepaired), it will be obsolete technology. Trust me, I have a room full of broken computers that will attest for my lack of even a passing interest in hardware/OS maintenance.
I do have a day job that I enjoy, and a number of my own side projects which take priority over other people's. Therefore, I usually only accept side gigs that can a) be done in one weeknight evening, or b) are really, really interesting. For the former, my rate is usually a bag of take-out (Chinese, Thai, or Indian preferred) and/or unlimited beer during the time I am performing the work ... plus any expenses incurred (parking, equipment, etc.). For the latter, I will draft up a scope of work free of charge. Rates are always negotiable, assuming you understand and follow Darrin's Immutable Law of the Iron Triangle.