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tim pearce
changes in hourly-rate for post
on Mar 3, 2009 at 11:47:28 am

Hi,

If you're giving a customer an hourly rate for a job, do you still charge the full hourly rate for tasks that you're just waiting for a computer to finish (i.e. file conversion, rendering, DVD burning), or is a discocunted rate applied, or maybe do you not charge anything (but then say do the processing at night when you're sleeping)? Thanks,
Tim



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Mike Cohen
Re: changes in hourly-rate for post
on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:09:57 pm

If your computer is doing something for a client, and you cannot use it to do work for another client, someone has to pay for this time.
We charge a fixed hourly rate for editing times the hours worked, plus a project management fee, which serves as a catch-all for unbillable time.

Mike


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walter biscardi
Re: changes in hourly-rate for post
on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:13:29 pm

[tim pearce] "If you're giving a customer an hourly rate for a job, do you still charge the full hourly rate for tasks that you're just waiting for a computer to finish (i.e. file conversion, rendering, DVD burning)"

Yep.

For overnight or out of office tasks like a long render, I charge 1/2 the normal hourly rate. I'm not there but the computer is still working.



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Timothy J. Allen
Re: changes in hourly-rate for post
on Mar 5, 2009 at 6:10:49 am

Yes, I would charge unless the render turned out bad or if I was just trying something "extra" to see how an effect turns out. If it's my decision to try something that takes longer to render than the client asks for, I don't charge for that. Time and expertise is really all we sell. It certainly isn't the pieces of plastic or the uploaded electrons.


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