Here is some great food for thought from Timothy Wilson:
Alan, In reading your blog today the following made me laugh:
3. “Your time is your value. One guy at a conference, whose name I saw on one of these blogs, actually told me that he could make more than I can through his hourly billing. Then he got in his Taurus and drove away. These folks discuss the best ways to increase hourly rates and billable hours. (There have actually been educational sessions at Institute of Management Consultants conferences about this.)”
I was at networking event where I met someone from a branch of the bank were I have my business account. He asked if there was anything he could do for me, I asked him about a service they provide known as First Research (it provides data on various industries.) Since it’s a free service, I asked for a report on the consulting industry. Here’s what the report had to say about the average hourly rate for consultants.
“Consultants are highly trained content experts and, accordingly, receive high salaries. The average hourly pay is about $24, eight dollars above the national wage.”
Average Hourly Earnings & Annual Wage IncreaseBureau of Labor Statistics
Not that you need any additional data to support value based fees, I just thought you might get an additional laugh out this in light of your conversation with the gentleman who truly believes he can make more via hourly billing.
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