Yes I have heard it said many a times don't charge hourly. But why? Aside from scaring certain customers away with an hourly rate I don't see a downside to it. Now granted that is a big aside, but look at other business'. When you take your car to the shop you don't say give me an estimate to your mechanic, he bills you his hourly rate for labor. When an electrician does some odds an ends work at your house, he bills you his hourly rate. The same goes for many other business'. It doesn't simplify estimating, it eliminates it. You want to get $40/manhour for example, thats your estimate and your bill. As long as you guarentee to your potential customer that they will have a well trained crew, with top of the line equipment on the job to get it done as effieciently as possible with quality results. Don't get me wrong, this isn't for every job or every customer, but I have built up relationships with certain customers over the years where they say do it and bill me. And I do the job and multiply the manhours it took by my hourly rate. Its a great way to do business knowing you meet your productivity goals every time. I just wish it was a standard in this industry. OK let your anti hourly billing opinions fly!!!