Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 15:15:25 -0400
Reply-To: Michael Davis <sas-l@BASSETTCONSULTING.COM>
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From: Michael Davis <sas-l@BASSETTCONSULTING.COM>
Subject: Re: Slightly offtopic: SAS billing per hour
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There are no "official" rules AFAIK but I will share with what I do. I
charge for the time spent at the client site, less time spent on personal
activities unrelated to the client task. These personal activities include
meals, telephone calls, and personal e-mail (via my personal laptop and
*not* the client-supplied PC). While I'm at the client site, if computer
or other failures keep me from working, that time is charged to the client.
For work done for a client off-site, I charge for time directly spent upon
the project. This time could include client-specific preparation.
Regarding the time spent traveling to the client site, it is a negotiable
item. I live in Connecticut and most of my engagements are for Connecticut
clients. I have historically not charged Connecticut clients for travel
time. When I recently had an engagement in NYC, I negotiated payment for
train time at half of my hourly rate but left the hourly rate the same as
for Connecticut clients. For other work done out-of-state, I've negotiated
the hours and coverage of expenses in advance.
It doesn't happen too often but I sometimes find myself in situations where
I thought I knew a particular SAS technology and really didn't. If it was
a skill that I told the client that I possessed, the hours are adjusted
downward to reflect the loss of productivity.
Couple of administrative tips. I bill time rounded to the nearest six
minutes. Thus each day's hours appear in tenths of an hour and can be
easily added for a total. I invoice clients either semi-monthly (two bills
per month) or at the project's completion if that comes first. One of my
esteemed colleagues bills weekly. Depending upon the circumstances, that
may be appropriate.
- Michael "Mad Doggy" Davis
At 03:15 PM 9/15/2001 +0200, you wrote:
>How many minutes are meant by "per hour" in SAS and related business? For
>example, a company charges *$50 per hour*. So, how many minutes are meant
>per hour, e.g., the notorious academic hour (45min.), or a standard hour (60
>Do different hour conventions differ in including pauses, preparation, etc.?
Michael L. Davis
Bassett Consulting Services, Inc.
10 Pleasant Drive
North Haven CT 06473-3712