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Out of state hourly work12/18
I am piano refinisher. I recently did a job for a CEO of a large construction company. He was pleased with my work and asked me to help his company on a current remodeling project. Basically, we will be touching up new wood work throughout the hotel and they will pay us hourly. My 2 questions are:
I'd get paid for your ability plus travel expenses.
since you got few responses I will add my 2 cents but I am not overly qualified to comment. My cabinet finisher/refinisher does the local corp. offices of a large company. He will go in 1-2 times a yr on a Saturday and touch up elevators, desks, trim..... He sometimes takes his wife to help and he treats it as extra pocket money. Think it only takes 4-6 hrs He will charge $500-700 each time but that might not be realistic in your situation. Depending on your situation I would love to get 45-75 hr incl. drive time, plus travel expenses. hotel and food expenses. I also would be careful giving an estimate as these things could easily snowball and then there would be hard feelings if it turned into a longer job than you thought. Although I do not do much work out of town a recent job out of town took probably twice as long as I had privately guessed. Luckily I had never visited the job and I billed time and material to the person who contracted it.
Having said that, this past summer I was slow and took on some sub work and only averaged $25 and $45 per hr for some cabinet install and tile work that was priced per unit so the price was set. I did not like it but it was better than earning nothing. Some might say they would not get out of bed for that but I think its good to keep busy and this fall I have plenty of profitable work again.
If you have a good relationship with the builder you might talk to him and try to come up w/ a pricing plan. If he respects your work he will want to pay fairly and your goodwill in helping him may lead to more work although I would not count on that in your pricing. hope this helps, mike
23 years ago I was the "helper" on office furniture suites delivery and set up several times in Manhatten & Los Angeles. My shop had finished the custom made pieces and I was wanted on site primarily for my spot finishing/repair/touch up skills. On site work varied from 3 to 4 days to 8 days (including driving 24' straight rental truck to California from Wisconsin). Included in negotiating my billing was the reality that from the time I left my shop till I returned home, they were essentially "owning" me 24 hrs a day. I'm not home with family and other daily life duties or recreation. I felt justified wanting compensation for that sacrifice. So for comparison, if my local day rate was $300/8hrs on site. I figured 10-12 hrs/day on remote site so I billed $600/calender day including all travel time. Client was responsible for all travel & hotel costs, & I billed $40/day for meals & misc. I received an unexpected "performance bonus" with a thank you. I know "salaried" tech professionals whose employers don't want to compensate for the "sacrifice" of taking over their life 24 hrs/day, so they "comp" them with paid days off @ 1:1. You should never give away your time! Hope this is useful, good luck.