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RATES

Our strategy regarding billing rates is a simple one: Offer the best possible quality of service at a reasonable, competitive cost.  

Hourly rates are on a sliding scale ranging from $135 to $175 per hour. Travel time is billed one-way, not both ways. Pre-approved expenses that are incurred and directly project-related are submitted for reimbursement with no additional surcharges, markup, or administrative fees. Daily rates can also be quoted if desired.

An example of a typical $135 per hour engagement would be with a local Northwest Arkansas company having relatively long-term, ongoing initiatives that are expected to last for months or years. A $175 per hour engagement would typically be a short-term project, a project that is sporadic in time requirements, a project that is out of the Northwest Arkansas area and requires travel, or a combination of the above.

Applied Computer Technology is able to offer highly competitive rates because we effectively utilize technology for communication, collaboration, and business process automation. In other words, we practice what we preach. We maximize the use of electronically networked, well-equipped, reasonable sized offices as well as home-based offices to minimize overhead. We feel that our customers want to pay for our experience and expertise, not our opulent office space.

Since every project is unique, please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual needs. Your initial consultation is done with our compliments.


Some sage advice to consider before engaging outside consultants: 

The following suggestions have been learned the hard way by many business owners and managers. They represent some classic mistakes to avoid when outsourcing consulting services.

  • Insist on seeing verifiable credentials, track records and references before engaging the services of any consultant.
  • Simply comparing hourly rates can be very misleading. A highly skilled professional with years of experience can do things in a matter of minutes that would take an inexperienced person literally hours or days to accomplish, especially in the computer technology field.
  • It is to your advantage to look at the true overall cost of a project. Consider the real cost of scrapping a project after months of false starts, wasted time, monetary expense and frustration due to engaging an inexperienced person simply because he or she was "cheap." You are almost always better off hiring a seasoned professional who can work on their own with minimal supervision and get the job done right the first time.
  • If you have a well-defined task or project, it is to your advantage to obtain an estimate of the time required, the project schedule, and the overall expense. However, it is important to be flexible and realize that this is an estimate and that things can change during the implementation process. If it costs an additional 10% or 20% to get the job done right as opposed to insisting on an unrealistically low project budget which forces shortcuts to be made, you are better off doing it right the first time.
  • It is common knowledge that software changes cost from ten to one hundred times as much after the software has been released than it costs to implement changes during the development cycle. If a "consultant" is not aware of this fact and does not insist on learning all of the details before going to work on your project, you haven't found the right person for the job. 
  • Don't assume that because you have a competent in-house information systems department that they can do everything under the sun. They are often overwhelmed and should be allowed to concentrate on achieving their primary goals. Utilize outsourced help when you have special projects or need specialized knowledge and experience. 
  • Trustworthiness, experience and work ethic are very likely the most important qualities to look for when engaging an outsourced consultant.

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