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David S Member Since: Oct 16, 2018
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I have just discovered upwork. It sounds like a cool place to make money on the side. I have a normal 40 hour a week job and we are never required to work over time. I personally like working a few more hours and this could be a great place to do it. As far as mechanical designing goes, my company uses Solidworks. Some of these projects that people want done require the use of Solidworks, which costs $4,000 to get a license and the person wanting the job done is willing to pay $25 an hour. This would take a while to recoup the cost of getting Solidworks. How do people on here afford to do work and pay for solidworks or is there a work around like a free version or another program.

 

For people who specialize in mechanical engineering or mechanical design, what are the best programs to use for these jobs?

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Lila G Member Since: Dec 4, 2017
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Hi David,

 

If it is 4k for a year license, why is this compared to one job at 25hr rate? For giggles, let’s say you purchase the license and work at $25 part-time for 3 months. That would pay that off and the rest be additional income. I personally have CAD, Revit, Sketchup Pro, Lumion 8 + all adobe applications CC and I am able to manage. A tip on CAD is if you still have a student email try Autodesk education licenses. 

 

Other items I would like to say is I don’t think there is enough mechanical engineers on Upwork, I highly recommend you give it a chance. Secondly, clients never really know how much the work is going to cost - they just estimate. I can’t tell you how many I have bid 3 times the amount on a fixed-contract and gotten it. Or even a client who had it at intermediate level and I landed it at my hourly rate ($100). Thirdly, don’t place your rate at $25 if you have experience. I see engineers in the range of $60-$120

 

Hope that helps,

Lila
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Prashant P Member Since: Sep 29, 2015
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@David S wrote:

I have just discovered upwork. It sounds like a cool place to make money on the side. I have a normal 40 hour a week job and we are never required to work over time. I personally like working a few more hours and this could be a great place to do it. As far as mechanical designing goes, my company uses Solidworks. Some of these projects that people want done require the use of Solidworks, which costs $4,000 to get a license and the person wanting the job done is willing to pay $25 an hour. This would take a while to recoup the cost of getting Solidworks. How do people on here afford to do work and pay for solidworks or is there a work around like a free version or another program.

 

For people who specialize in mechanical engineering or mechanical design, what are the best programs to use for these jobs?


 Well David.  It seems that you are a wannapreneur.  If you want to start a freelancing business then just like any business you need to 'invest'.  And price your services accordingly so you get decent rate of return. If the investment seems high, perhaps you should not freelance.

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Muhammad Bilal A Member Since: Jul 13, 2017
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Hello david
I hope you are doing well.

Cracked premium versions available over the internet for solid works.
Thanks
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