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When meeting with a professional who
bills by the hour, an attorney, for
instance, people wonder if they are
being charged for those colorful
This non-widely-known or uninvented
idea for an actual invention would allow
the entry of the professionals billing rate
have large readouts of rate, time,
elapsed time and accumulated $.
With the professional billing clock, when
the professional starts to meander, the
client will immediately slap the
unbillable button, pausing the
accumulation of time and money. Once
the conversation returns to billable, or
the client perpetuates nonbillable
discussion, the professional would slap
the billable button, resuming
Aurgument over billable service...
This idea, and the prompt by [mouseposture], made me think of this... [Jinbish, Apr 03 2010]
||Like a taxi-meter then, only based strictly on time (rather than a combination of time and distance travelled) you might even adopt the "extras" concept where additional one-off fares can be charged at the beginning of a fare.
||I like this ([+]) 'though I think it would degenerate into a
meta-argument about whether time spent arguing about
whether a particular part of the conversation was billable
was, itself, billable.
||No, i charge a thirty quid flat rate per session and that's it (as a philosopher). As a herbalist, i have a more complex system, but i still charge per session.
||Wow! A free lance philosopher!
||What, not in the Philosophers Union?!? We'll go on
||"That was never 5 billable minutes just now." "Yes it was." "No it wasn't!" "Yes it was!" "No it wasn't!" "Yes it was!" "No it wasn't!" "Yes it was!" "No it wasn't!" "Yes it was!" "No it wasn't!" "Yes it was!" "No it wasn't!" "Yes it was!"
||Yes, believe it or not, as well as being a herbalist i really am a freelance philosopher. I have only occasionally got anyone to pay me for it, but it has happened and if i could work out how to market it i might be able to make a living out of it.
||The question of value is in there somewhere, of course.