Billing in 6 minute units?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Darryl G, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    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 :)
     
  2. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,454

    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.
     
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
     
  4. MarkintheGarden

    MarkintheGarden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.
     
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,301

    I do 6 min billing . Service call covers up to the first 1/2 hr, after that its 1/10 of hr.
     

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