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Re: Average fees to charge

Posted By: Frank Conley
Saturday, 24 May 2003, at 9:18 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Average fees to charge (Phil)

The advice: "A rule of thumb is to figure how much you will earn if you were working at your current job, then charge that amount" Is bad advice. Keeping in mind that whatever can go wrong, will. When you take on a project you assume the liability of your actions. Giving a budget price in no way allows you to do a lesser job than a customer would get from a professional contractor. If you are unsure of what to charge for the completed project then charge a rate that will compensate you for the "Customer/Handyman Anxiety" that happens when working by the hour. Prepare yourself for statements like: "My sister said it shoulden't take more than 15 minutes to do this job. "My neighbor just had this done for $40.00" "Are you done yet?" I only work by the hour for proven customers that understand that a project takes as long as it takes "me" to do it. I only work by the hour for customers that want to konw one thing when I finish for the day, "what do I owe you and what did you accomplish on the list" I charge $55.00 hr.+tax+material. I find that the customer would rather know the total costs of the job rather than an hourly price, and I like it better that way also. This way no one is scrutinizing how may coffee's I am having or how long I am gone for lunch. I hope this info helps for "Average fees to charge"

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