I will be doing my first development consult shortly. Well, first paid consultation. I’m not really sure how to go about charging, billing/invoicing, and ensuring that I get paid. It’s most likely going to be a one time consult. Though there is a chance they hire me for the project.
I will be charging $75 an hour for the consult. I’ve notified the client and has informally agreed that we should do the consult. The meeting will either be face to face, or over the phone. We have not discussed this yet. He is waiting for me to get back to him. I am trying to figure out how to bill & charge before I contact him.
My questions are…
- Should I put the terms of the consultation in writing? In a agreement or contract…or is this overkill? Do you guys do this? An initial consultation fee agreement, maybe?? Maybe something that talks about my hourly rate & that they will be required to pay.
- Would there be any way to enforce or prove that we met, for the timeframe that we did. Consult may possibly be over the phone.
If no contract/agreement then…
- Should I bill a mandatory hour in advance? And then after we surpass that hour invoice them later on?
- Should I just do the consultation and invoice afterward and just hope the money is paid. And allow the trade off to be, if they don’t pay, don’t work with them in the future?
Any feedback that you can provide me would be very helpful!