How do you let the company know you have invested some time in creating the models and drawings and assembly? What I mean by that is: If I charge by the hour how will the customer know it took me 1 hour to complete a model?
As a consultant, I never itemized the time for part/assembly model creation and drawing creation. It was all combined.
I don't think that your customer should know how long it takes for each piece but rather how many hours for the finished product (model + drawing)
Well some of the models and their drawings took about 10 minutes to complete. So I am just curious as how to charge them and let them know.
I've done a little bit of outside work, and the only way they could know how long it took is because I told them. If a company or individual is so suspicious that they don't trust me then I don't want to work for them anyway.
You can query features for dates of creation and last modification. This doesn't show anything about time spent actually modifying features, though.
If you charge by the hour what is the best practice for doing this?
I charge in 15 minute increments, with a one hour minimum on small projects.
I do the same as Jeff. If I get multiple jobs at the same time I would not hit them with an hour min. for each job. I would treat the group of small jobs like one.
I usually bid the project based on estimated hours and well defined scope.
Sometimes customers want to "purchase" a bulk set of hours.
In those cases, I bill hours (in 15 minute increments) at the end of each month AS USED until the hours/money is used up.
As you know, project scope always changes. Customers always want small modifications. Those minor changes are handled on an as needed basis.
Any MAJOR changes in scope requires an additional bid/rescoping.
Ultimately, your customer will judge you on perceived value versus money spent. If it was worth the price to get the job done to their satisfaction, they'll be happy and they'll be back.
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