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#1 posted 07-31-2016 01:15 AM

I remember a contractor who was a friend of my dad’s. Whenever his workload increased too much, he’d raise his price. Worked like a champ! He had plenty of work, and a moderate waiting list.

I’d recommend setting an hourly charge with a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes. Meaning you charge them for 15 minutes of work whether or not it takes that long. When they interrupted you, they probably caused you more than that in lost time doing something else.

If it looks like it will take longer, then apologize in advance: “Gosh, I’m sorry, but it looks like I’m going to have to charge you $X for that”.

Or just: “OK, that’s going to cost $X.00. Is that all right with you?”

Make sure that you get their approval in advance – that way, there are no surprises for either party.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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