Charging for 'site visits'

Discussion in 'Askaboutbusiness' started by sawakatoome, May 24, 2008.

  1. sawakatoome

    sawakatoome Guest

    My new self-employing job (I.T. Consultancy) is going to entail callouts from time to time. Which means I'll need to factor in costs for travel expenses .. does anyone know what the standard rate is per mile?

    Also, should I charge an extra standard 'callout charge', like maybe €25 for the site visit (irrespective of distance and time allowance)?

    Fergal #.
  2. sawakatoome

    sawakatoome Guest

  3. mathepac

    mathepac Frequent Poster

    Try using the search facility (3rd button from the right), topic covered before, and the moderators may have words with you regrading the bump on your own post.

    I.T. Consultancy - hhhmmm.
  4. Towger

    Towger Frequent Poster

    Do you think I could get a plummer to have look at a washing machine for €25. Try shifting the decimal point and adding some. And then some more.
  5. sparkeee

    sparkeee Frequent Poster

    is that some one who picks plums?
  6. DavyJones

    DavyJones Frequent Poster

    Really? that much? If you ever need a plumber, give me a shout:D
  7. aircobra19

    aircobra19 Frequent Poster

    You should be able to work out per mile what running a car and being on site per hour costs.
  8. sawakatoome

    sawakatoome Guest

    Thanks for the replies.

    Sorry for the terse original post .. I lost my job (working in a software solutions company) earlier this year, my wife and I were very busy trying to raise a small family and make ends meet .. I'm currently a stay-at-home Dad (with multiple sclerosis) trying to bring up two small boys .. and, well, its rare I get a chance to go online for long these days. Oh well.

    Sorry if I stepped on any toes with the post. Thanks anyway.
  9. sparkeee

    sparkeee Frequent Poster

    Lets call it a "call out charge",most professionals do this.
  10. aircobra19

    aircobra19 Frequent Poster

    Do you know what it currently costs you per hour to break even.
  11. ubiquitous

    ubiquitous Frequent Poster

    Best bet is to try to find out from sources in the industry (not your direct competitors) how they structure their charges and if these make sense to you, adopt their policies or adapt them as you see fit.
  12. techman

    techman Frequent Poster

    You could charge a standard hourly rate and also a slightly higher rate for the first half hour. This would cover a callout cost.

    Example: €50 per hour, €60 for first half hour.
  13. j26

    j26 Frequent Poster

    You could have banded rates €25 up to 10 miles, €40 up to 30 miles etc (obviously work out your own prices and distances)

    I suppose civil service mileage rates would be a good starting point to look at as I believe several organisations benchmark off these.
  14. d2x2

    d2x2 Frequent Poster

    To give you a rough idea...

    When we travel outside of Dublin (where we are based) the company I work for reimburses mileage at the rate of 57 cents per mile. However, each client agrees a different mileage rate which could be anything from 57-89 cents per mile.

    BTW some clients agree to different rates for different engine sizes.

    Hope this helps
  15. hikicker

    hikicker Frequent Poster

    I'm in the critical power industry (Comms rooms etc) and charge €300 for a callout which includes first hour labour or travel. An hourly rate (depending on time of day) starting at €70 per hour for weekdays up to €170 for more unsocial hours is charged thereafter. The general rule of thumb within most industries is a minimum of 4 hours charge per callout whether you are on site for 5 minutes or 3 hours. Mileage should be approx €1 per mile (63 cent/km) charged to client