Ha ha......you've got me thinking - am I a slave to time?
Yes, I track time to know what I must charge for repairs and to be
able to quote accurately based on accumulated data. I am not
influenced by what others charge, or any generic price lists, or
industry standards. The data is live on the computer; tweaks and
changes to any detail, or across the board can be done in seconds;
and finding a better 'virtual' stopwatch is a small but exciting
thing for me.
And no because I can choose to defy my data and be "free" when I
want, but alas, I know the value of that freedom.
Time is the gun at my head, that's what I sell, it's there, I'm very
concious of it, got to watch it with a stopwatch.
The hourly rate is the hostage of time. Put a value on creativity,
experience, service - the intangibles; stuff that costs money like
ROLLERS; and the time spent doing the business things; plus what I
want in return for time and effort. Distill all that into a number -
the hourly rate. Shoot at time without endangering the hostage, or
shoot the hostage? They are difficult targets either way.
I venture forth with my gun and hostage, er... measured time and hour
rate, but I wonder if hitting myself on the head with a chasing
hammer is less painfull. Is there a better way?