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Re: A question for the hourlies out there...

From: Stephane Faroult <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 15:44:28 -0800
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"Bellow, Bambi" wrote:
> Friends --
> I find it weird that I've been consulting some 25 years and have never run
> into this situation, and really could use your two cents. Here's the deal.
> I am supposed to travel for a client. They have me on a plane Sunday,
> expect me to work M-F onsite *and possibly the weekend*, returning Monday.
> Now, if I get to the airport at 9AM for a flight at 11AM and arrives at 3PM
> for a client meeting at 4-6PM, how does that bill? M-F, I bill for hours
> onsite. If I work Sat/Sun, I bill for hours onsite... but what if I don't?
> My time isn't my own... I'm at the client's service... I'm not with my
> family... that's not time off... how does that bill? Monday, I get to the
> airport at 6AM for a flight at 8AM arriving back at 3PM... does that bill a
> full day, or just time in the air?
> TIA!
> Bambi.

I usually bill per day, not per hour, but a couple of years ago I had a contract where I was spending 2 days every two weeks at a place considerably more remote from my home than my ususal contracts (something like 4 hours door to door). I was arriving at 11am, leaving the following day at 4pm and fully billing two days. You can argue, which is usually true, that you can read doc and write reports at the airport or in the plane. I have also been sent to Singapore by a French company, the day spent in the plane (business class) eating, watching movies and being pampered by stewardesses was invoiced at the usual rate.


Stephane Faroult
Oriole Ltd
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