Re: ANON: Billing clients

Subject: Re: ANON: Billing clients
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:13:49 -0400

What are the terms of your contract? Does it specify 9-5 availability,
40 hours per week? If so, perhaps you should discuss with the client
that there is a lot more you could be doing for them for their money,
since it would seem that they want you to be available 40 hours per
week. That you're remote shouldn't be a sticking point, IMHO. If you
were on-site, how would you handle it? Would you twiddle your thumbs
and read a book until someone came by and dropped off a document to be
worked on? Would you not bill them for the time spent twiddling even
though you were occupying their cube 8 hours a day?

On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 9:53 AM, Anonymous <anonymous -at- techwhirl -dot- com> wrote:
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> I have two independent contracts that I'm working simultaneously. On one of
> them, call it Client 1, I'm getting old documents to work on very
> sporadically. I need to be on line 9-5, checking my email frequently, in
> case they send me something, in which case it needs a very rapid
> turnaround. The work I do only takes me an hour to an hour and a half per
> document, but I might get one document every other day.
>
> Since I'm working another contract during the off-times, I feel like I
> should only charge Client 1 for the actual work I do. On the other hand, I
> feel like I should charge them something for being so constantly available.
>
> Thoughts, comments?
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