Had a call from a bloke tonight, conversation went as follows;
Bloke; I need a flatpack wardrobe assembled. How much would that cost?
TMH; Is it two or three door & does it have any drawers?
Bloke; Two doors with three drawers.
TMH; That would take around one & a half to two hours.
Bloke; No, it wouldn't take anything like that long.
TMH; I assemble lots of flat pack, in my experience that's about right, but
I only charge for the time taken.
Bloke; OK, could you come tomorrow morning?
TMH; Sorry, I couldn't do it until the second week in December.
Bloke; But its blocking up the hall & I need the wardrobe. You must be able
to do it quicker than that.
TMH; Sorry, I'm fully booked until then.
Bloke; Well, how much would two hours be?
TMH; £75 including the travel time.
Bloke; How much? That's outrageous! That's £37.50 per hour! I don't earn
anything like that per hour!
TMH; Neither do I sir, I have overheads. But that's very competitive
compared to the national flat pack assembly companies.
Bloke; You can't possibly charge that much per hour! You will never get any
work at those prices!
TMH; Its quite competitive sir, otherwise I wouldn't be booked two weeks
Bloke; But the wardrobe only cost me £99.99.
TMH; Things are cheap these days, labour is expensive.
Bloke; I'll have to think about it.
TMH; ............... Opens bottle of wine..................Retreats to
- posted 12 years ago