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How Much Of Your Consulting Time Is Billable?

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#1 PatrickGer


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Posted 17 July 2010 - 11:27 PM

I hope billable is an English word?lol

If you spend 50 hours/week doing SEO consulting, how much of that time do you get paid for @ your regular fee?

just head this question in my mind again after someone told me over a year ago that up to 50% of their time wasn't even billed..wondering if it's the same for SEO consultants..

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 04:20 AM

That's probably true for many fields, apart from the legal profession where they get you for every minute.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 08:59 AM

I don't typically bill by the hour, but I do keep track of the hours I work on client's sites however, for my own internal billing purposes.

Many days I only have a couple of hours that is actual client work. It depends on how motivated and busy I am on any given day. Other days I may have 5 or 6. Rarely would I spend a full 8 hour day completely doing client work.

Much of my day is reading SEO news, staying on top of the latest, marketing my services, reading and posting here, writing articles, putting together presentations or training classes, etc.

That said, I can work pretty quickly on client stuff when I devote myself to it. I can do full site audit reports in only a couple of hours typically, but that comes with 15 years of experience!

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 12:30 PM

I bill by the hour, and at least in my own case, a very small portion of my work day is billable.

#5 PatrickGer


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Posted 18 July 2010 - 02:51 PM

thanks for the input everyone!

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 01:48 PM

I'd say about 75% of my time is covered by my contracts with my client. The rest is spent reading material on SEO or watching videos to keep up to date on the latest trends. I doubt that will ever change given the changes that take place and new innovations.

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