On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM, Fred Jones <fredthejonester at gmail.com> wrote: > I, for better or worse (probably worse), end up having a lot of very > small time increments as I answer an email here, make a small fix to a > site there, add a page for a different client etc. I have always just > billed what the Hamster says, but I am wondering now if I should make > a minimal increment. I definitely lose a bit of time switching > projects. Sometimes it's really just a second or two but other times > it's a lot more than that. I was thinking to make a minimum of 15 min. > per day. Then if I do 2 or 3 little tasks for a client, each taking > only 2 minutes, I would bill them for 15 min. for that day. We can > code a script to do this calculation automatically based on Hamster's > SQLite file. > > Interesting to hear what people have to say on this subject of time and billing. I think calculating in increments could get a little silly. Depending on the kind of work you do, you could end up billing 14 hours for an 8 hour day. I think it's perfectly reasonable to round to the nearest half hour on a per-day basis (as in, add up the time for today and round to the nearest half hour, but if you answered two emails at 10 minutes a piece, that is rounded to a total of 30 minutes not 1 hour!). -- Matt Warden Cincinnati, OH, USA http://mattwarden.com This email proudly and graciously contributes to entropy.