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How accurately do you guys charge your billable time? Not asking due to overcharging. Asking because too lazy to keep up.

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Deloitte's rule of thumb for BTAs and Consultants is 45 hours per week. I usually do 9-10-10-9-7

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There are managers who tell you to bill what you work though constantly. Tired off billing. I'm willing to take a flat 45 and just work til the job is done

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45/week

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I keep it low (40) between Utilization being reported for year end and the start of the new FY. Don't see the point in burning budget when it doesn't even benefit me. But other than that, I book what I work

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You shouldn't eat hours....it's not ethical and in the end only hurts you because you'll set incorrect expectations for the next project

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*unless of course you're told otherwise

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^OP from what I've seen when they say that, either they have a very profitable client and have priced more than 45 hours a week. Or they mean, if you work less than 45 hours a week you best be billing less than that. If you work more bill 45.

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Per day just a nice round number? Or by half hour or whatever depending if you have multiple things going on?

OP at Deloitte if you are in commercial for billing purposes we just care about weekly total. Bill what you work. Period.

I just even out for the whole week. Seriously all these things are frontloaded anyway. As long as you stay within your budgeted hours - agree with M1 it's a weekly number that everyone cares about.

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Toggl.com. Makes life so easy. Just need to be disciplined about using the timer.

^What happens for holidays? Is it 36 client and 8 PTO?

Yeah something like that

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