It's a truth universally acknowledged that people lie to their time sheets.
And it's a fact that everyone who relies on time sheets for billing know that this is the case.
But it's also the case that a lot of people who charge fixed fees have no ideas about the cost of supplying their services.
All of which presents a conundrum. If time sheets are to be the basis for billing, what good is that if the data used is knowingly wrong? And if fixed fees are to be the basis what chance of a good profit if there is no cost control mechanism in place?
It so happens that both Nigel Harris and the West Country Practitioner seem to have hinted at these issues in varying ways of late. Let me add my tuppence worth, based on experience.
I readily acknowledge I lied to my time sheet for years. And then I use...