FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions.

Are you currently available for work?

Yes, I’m available for small to medium consulting projects.

Do you work outside the Northwest?

I currently live in Vancouver and only work with businesses within a few hours drive.  I believe that it is important to have face time with clients, so at present I only work with local businesses.

Do you do design work?

I can do design work.  I realize though that I am not a top notch designer and there are a ton of great ones out there.  The days of the one trick internet pony are disappearing.  There are some pretty affordable design services available now that I prefer to “outsource” logo and theme design to.  In the end you get a better design for less money, which is the point of working with me.

What is your rate?

One thing I want to clear up is that you cannot hire a good designer or developer for $15/hour.  I charge by project at a fair rate.  In the end you get what you pay for.  Quality.  Please contact me with a project overview and I will quickly respond with availability and pricing.

Do you provide just technical support?

No.  I will provide technical support on legacy systems during the project only.  If it needs continuous support it is not likely the best solution for you and will be addressed during the project.  I provide continued support on my work after project completion on a negotiated rate schedule.

How has being a scientist helped you in consulting?

It’s a great question.  Yes, absolutely it has.  First, science is mostly about troubleshooting.  Things often don’t work the first time.  It’s anticipating these problems and having a sound understanding of what you are trying to accomplish so that when things don’t work, you know why, so you can get it working the second go around and can trust your results.  Second, science experiments can inherently be incredibly expensive.  A one day experiment can be the culmination of years worth of work, valuable samples, expensive reagents, with costs ranging from $5k to $100k.  Not the kind of thing you want to screw up.  Everything has to be perfect, and it something only years and years of experience, project foresight, and situational awareness will get you.  Translating these skills into computer consulting is natural and necessary.  Determining the desired goals, way of measuring outcomes, determining potential roadblocks, navigating around them, reaching endpoints.  The room to screw around in small business consulting is zero because the budgets are so small on dollars that are so hard earned.  I respect hard working small business owners which is why I gravitate to working with them.

Is this your own WordPress theme?

No, it’s a Thematic them called Acamas.  I believe it captures a lot of how I feel about design.  Clean, efficient, to the point.  Plus I don’t like reinventing the wheel.  Another thing I believe in.