Author Topic: Billing for travel time?  (Read 1137 times)

SFenwick

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Billing for travel time?
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:41:47 AM »
Hi all,

Recently I was asked to attend a meeting with a client, which involved roughly 3 hours of travel time by car. Is it standard practice to charge for travel time?

I'm inclined to think that as there is an opportunity cost associated with it - i.e. every hour spent travelling is time that could be spent working for another client, I should be billing for this time at my standard hourly rate.

Any comments would be much appreciated.

Wordwatch

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Re: Billing for travel time?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 01:04:49 PM »
Yes, charge for travelling time as you would standard working time. It's your time; if you weren't travelling you'd be working. Simples. Always explain this before you do any work for a client; be absolutely clear about it and ensure they understand. I've been doing this for 18 years and no client has ever questioned it because it's recognised as a totally fair approach. (Don't forget to charge for your petrol, too.)

KateOflaherty

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Re: Billing for travel time?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 11:04:02 AM »
Your travel cost (eg petrol) is also covered by your expenses though, through HMRC, so you can claim it against the amount of tax you would pay.