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Old 01-26-2013, 02:51 PM   #21
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why are materials not included in all these cost calculators
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:44 PM   #22
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why are materials not included in all these cost calculators
Thats a different part of the cost of doing a job.

The calc. linked to in post #1 is the other part of the equation...how much to charge your time out at.
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I got NaN after calculate. wth is that?
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Maybe it's computerish for no-no....~CS~
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:35 PM   #25
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why are materials not included in all these cost calculators
Materials is a direct cost of a specific job, not overhead which has to be covered no matter how much work you actually do.
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Project Cost, Hourly Burden, and OH are 3 separate calculations applied to different portions of your estimate. Consider farming out your estimates to guys like me until you can take on a full time estimator. Then, make sure you don't bury him.
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Oh good, the site has an estimator now. Just what some of these guys need.

So if I drive out to some rich chodes house and tell him a dozen ways I could do the job, and he doesn't want any of them, how much gas money should he pay me?
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Oh good, the site has an estimator now. Just what some of these guys need.

So if I drive out to some rich chodes house and tell him a dozen ways I could do the job, and he doesn't want any of them, how much gas money should he pay me?
Nothing. You should have had the brains to be carrying that as an overhead cost on the gigs you actually do get.
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Nothing. You should have had the brains to be carrying that as an overhead cost on the gigs you actually do get.
So the people who hire me have to pay for the ones who just wasted my time going over to their site to spend an hour looking at work I will never get cause they are just fishing?

I don't think that is such a wonderful idea. I think charging for all estimates and costing each to the customer wishing for the estimate is more fair to all and is decidedly the proper way to perform. Besides it removes tire kickers from the get go.
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So the people who hire me have to pay for the ones who just wasted my time going over to their site to spend an hour looking at work I will never get cause they are just fishing?

I don't think that is such a wonderful idea. I think charging for all estimates and costing each to the customer wishing for the estimate is more fair to all and is decidedly the proper way to perform. Besides it removes tire kickers from the get go.
It is what it is, and the custom doesn't seem likely to change. Also, think about it this way: There are some so-called tradespeople who would do nothing but go around charging for crazy high-ball "estimates".
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So if I drive out to some rich chodes house and tell him a dozen ways I could do the job, and he doesn't want any of them, how much gas money should he pay me?
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I used this cost calculator a year or so ago and found it very helpful. It helped me decide to include things like advertising, gasoline, estimating, and vehicle costs in my hourly rates.... having an idea of where my money goes, what I am charging for, is a really good thing.
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I know this is an old thread but, thats a good link. The calculator might be helpful.
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This link gives me "service unavailable". Anyone else have that issue?
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It's a really old link, but it still works for me in FireFox.
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We are finding that at the end of the day we make 40 cents on the dollar.
All the different agencies, insurances, advertising and the taxman make thing really tough.
Any other small operations feel the same.
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I've stumbled upon this a few years back and one thing that always struck me as being off about it is that if increase the number of employees, enter their wages and increase the number of productive hours and days to adjust for additional employees on the job, the hourly rate increases, yet I know that it should decrease. Maybe just a browser issue? Hmm...
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