I have an increasing number of clients for my business consultancy (focused on nonprofit fundraising). As much as I was hoping to develop some economies of scale by securing several clients with the same needs, they all seem to be very different ... and require varying degrees of hours, energy, investment, etc I am struggling with how to best structure my billing in a way that is most appealing to prospects and also the most profitable (and easiest to manage) for me. I have a somewhat visceral reaction to the idea of tracking hours and billing based on time ... my natural inclination is to bill by the project. But this has bitten me in the backside a few times due to scope creep (and my natural tendency to take on too much, as if I were an interim staff member). I recently met a consultant who bills by the week; she focuses full-time on one client's project for a week at a time and bills them accordingly. This sounded appealing, but is untenable for me since I have multiple conflicts (i.e. I teach at a local high school three days per week and also have some standing meetings for other clients, so I can't dedicate a full-time schedule to any client). But I've been wondering if I could bill by the week and just tell the client it's a batch of about 4-5 hours per day? What have you seen to be a good model?Bidding based on projects (my current approach)? Daily or weekly rates? Or should I just grow up and bill by the hour -- and if so, how do you keep the client from feeling afraid of the running clock (or feeling nickel-and-dimed for every time they email or call you)?
If I am right, this hobby became a consulting and now you wish to make money out of it.. You need to focus on the few. You need to consult with one person, fully focused and fully engaged. You need to focus on your customer not your hourly money,,
Try this: John, I will assist you on this project. It is going to cost you this much but at the end, you will accomplish what you set out for. if you want an advise i charge $$$ by hour, you can send me questions in advance and we talk during 1 hour..
Example: My last consulting project took 3 months, that is everyday with the owner, hands on, intense, involved in every aspect of the company and nothing else. We turned the company around with more than 300% increase in business, in just 3 months. I took 35% of their profit and we move on,,