Last year was the biggest year for me, consulting business wise, but this year has started off very slow. I’m guess there are lots of organizations out there waiting for Exchange 2013 SP1, well no need to wait for that CU2 is out and fixes the last few co-existence issues that have prevented me from recommending it to my clients.
My rates vary based on three factors: 1) Length of project, >3 months or >500 hours = lower rate; 2) on-site vs. remote, remote = lower rate; 3) Complexity; architecture and cross-forest migration being the highest rate.
I can assure you that there are very few people in the world with my level of expertise on AD and Exchange. I am one of less than 20 Exchange MVPs in the US, have been working with Microsoft AD and Exchange since 1996. In this time I have worked on over a 100 migrations and helped manage and migrate over a million users over the last 17 years.
While I would prefer to continue to work for Pro Exchange, a small consulting firm run by my good friend of 15+ years, I am open to full time opportunities. So if you know any good firms that need someone like me (resume & bio link) have them contact me. I’m not interested in relocating, I love CO too much. For the last three years I’ve done 98% of my work remote and would highly prefer to continue to work remote, but would be willing to travel up to 40% for the right project. If you work for a consulting firm and have some projects that you lack the resources in house for, I also do a lot of C2C work and would be happy to put your company hat on when working with your clients.
Of course, if you or an organization you know of is looking to migrate to Exchange 2010 or 2013 or plans on doing an AD migration reach out to me. I can assure you that the project will be done more efficiently than working with one of the big consulting firms and I only bill my clients for the hours I work. So if you have someone on staff that can carry out tasks I delegated to them, which I provide very detailed documentation for, then the hours for doing the implementation and/or migration will be much less.