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Darryl G
04-16-2011, 04:56 PM
I do a fair amount of work for my regular customers on an hourly time & materials basis. I usually bill in 1/4 hour increments.

I've noticed lately that a lot of businesses who bill their time hourly bill it in 1/10th hour or 6 minute increments (lawyers, mechaincs etc.) They call them "units". I was wondering if anyone in the green industry bills that way?

Thoughts?

And I'm not looking for a lesson on why I shouldn't be billing hourly to begin with :)

wbw
04-16-2011, 05:16 PM
I do a fair amount of work for my regular customers on an hourly time & materials basis. I usually bill in 1/4 hour increments.

I've noticed lately that a lot of businesses who bill their time hourly bill it in 1/10th hour or 6 minute increments (lawyers, mechaincs etc.) They call them "units". I was wondering if anyone in the green industry bills that way?

Thoughts?

And I'm not looking for a lesson on why I shouldn't be billing hourly to begin with :)

I service swimming pools. We bill in 1 hour minimum and then 15 minute intervals. Rounding up. Of course we try to never quote hourly rates.

lawnman_scott
04-16-2011, 06:13 PM
If I do anything like that its 1/2 hr. 6 minute increments seems too picky, if you are at 15 minute increments I would keep it that way.

MarkintheGarden
04-17-2011, 06:52 PM
I do a fair amount of work for my regular customers on an hourly time & materials basis. I usually bill in 1/4 hour increments.

I've noticed lately that a lot of businesses who bill their time hourly bill it in 1/10th hour or 6 minute increments (lawyers, mechaincs etc.) They call them "units". I was wondering if anyone in the green industry bills that way?

Thoughts?

And I'm not looking for a lesson on why I shouldn't be billing hourly to begin with :)

Units work great. I bill out with whatever method works, for me there is no reason not to use different methods for different projects. I do not show the math on my invoice, I simply print the word Labor, $108,000.00. Mostly I calculate to the minute.

If you do show the labor cost as both hours and dollars, then I would use the units.

AI Inc
04-17-2011, 06:55 PM
I do 6 min billing . Service call covers up to the first 1/2 hr, after that its 1/10 of hr.