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I am self-taught on Access and have designed a quite basic database for a friend who owns his own company. This is a client contact database designed to hold information about his clients and their companies, but also to send reminders to Outlook when they haven't been contacted for a while - ie. to make my friend more proactive in his business.

This was a project which I originally agreed to work on for a fixed price. Needless to say, I undersold myself and probably because I am self-taught, with the number of hours I have put in, I probably got paid 2p an hour!

The project is drawing to a close, but he wants to pay me per hour for any further development to the system, and for any similar work he wants doing, problem is I haven't a clue what to charge him per hour?

Any ideas, without divulging your well-earned salaries of course!

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