I seem to be having a brain cramp. I just hired an apprentice (green but with out of trade school)and I can't figure how to charge out for us on a service call. I was talking to a guy that does flat rate and it sounded great to me but how do you come up with prices for everything. I know that it has been posted here before so if someone can please post the formula for calculating the hourly rate. I have been doing this for a few years already and now that I have the apprentice it feels as if I am starting all over again as far as coming up with rates. For example, I had a guy call me up for 3 ballast changes (he has the ballasts,basement lights) change a switch, and run a new phone line (1st floor,open basement). It is a 45 minute drive 1 way,so I told him $305.00 and I got "Whoa, I'll have to think about it". That's fine but the flat raters and up front price guys seem to knock these out of the park. How?
The customer has no care as to how you do the job. The job is worth the same, regardless of whether you work alone, or have help.
The idea of having a helper is for him to... help. A second pair of hands can turn a 3 hr pull into a 15 minute pull. He can make a big difference in set-up and clean-up times. He can greatly reduce the trips up the ladder.