Originally Posted by BrunoT
A professional would, at least within an hour or so. Estimating accurately is a big part of the job. And unless it's the Taj Mahal, you need better equipment and techniques to be competitive. 14.5 hours is a lot of time.
If you're going to do your OTJ training with paying customers, expect some hiccups. But start with providing your rates up front, in writing, and getting a contract signed if it's for a substantial amount. Even if they were willing to agree to an open-ended pricing scheme, there should be a meeting of the minds as to the general price range expected.
At $35/hour you're still way below what it takes to make a decent profit.
As for the bill, it's probably illegal to stop payment on a check given as payment for services. You might inquire about that if they don't pay up.
you have no idea what his market bears to be saying $35 per man hour is way under to make a profit.
in my area the going rate is roughly just that $35 per man hour.
guys who make statements like that kind of get on my nerves considering every location has a different market. talking about prices in your market does no good to him unless he's in your market.
the market ain't the same everywhere bud......