At a time in my life when I could frankly use 28 hours in a day, it’s time I considered billing my time like a doctor — especially in light of a Washington Post story revealing that some doctors regularly bill more than 24 hours of procedure time in a single day.
In other words, a surgeon might complete a surgery in an hour, but bill for several hours because that’s how long the American Medical Association (AMA) says the procedure should take.
Car mechanics do roughly the same thing; they might replace your muffler bearings in 30 minutes, but bill for an hour because that’s how long the manual says it will take.
I say it’s time freelance writers got on that particular gravy train. Who wants to help me create a list of “standardized” project times (hey, if the AMA can do it…)?
After all, I can’t create more hours in a day, but if I can bill those extra non-existent hours using “creative” standardized time billing procedures, then congratulations: I just become a financial time traveler.
(“Yes, it really does take an hour to write a tweet. It says so right here in the manual…“)
And to think I once believed working harder was the answer.
Keep writing (according to the manual, this blog post took 3.75 hours to complete), Tom Chandler.