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sigzero (5768)

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I am the proverbial "accidental" programmer. I have found that I really like Perl and programming so I am pursuing that route now. I am the Debian systems administrator and junior Perl programmer for a company called Inspire.

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Monday October 23, 2006
08:34 AM

Perl Contracting

[ #31391 ]

Recently, I have been thinking about Perl contracting jobs. I have never really considered going to solo route before. Is it unreasonable to expect 60-70k+ after all is said and done?

What has been your experience in the realm of being a full-time Perl contractor?

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  • 60-70k+

    seventy thousand Vietnamese Đồng - yes, probably quite easy. :-)

    A clue on which currency, and which part of the world, would make it easier to answer the question usefully.

  • I can't speak for the US, but here in London a Perl contractor who didn't make £60k a year really wouldn't be trying very hard :-)
    • That almost sounds good, until I remember its London, a terribly expensive city. Maybe it was just my weak dollars that made me afraid to buy almost anything. :)
  • While US$70K may seem like a lot of scratch, if you're truly a contractor (ie,
    • funding your own benefits
    • paying biz insurance
    • paying biz taxes
    • paying both halves of the FICA scam
    • covering the cost of downtime between contracts
    • paying for your own sick time and vacation time

    ...etc.), you may find you're losing money.

    I don't mean to dissuade you, just to advise you that there's a bit more to it than just hanging out a shingle.

    Regardless the language - or even profession - you're contracting in, you ne

    • I was thinking of all that in the "after all is said and done" statement. So that would be my "leftover" after all that stuff.