11348Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: OT: Print estimate software?
- Jan 23, 2010Often, even with software, by the time you've estimated a job this
way and that way and three more what-if's, you've spent more time on
the estimate than on the job itself.
Software should help, but I've found that a flat rate that's easy for
anyone to calculate encourages quicker decisions by the customer.
which I believe is saving me time.
On Jan 23, 2010, at 10:07 AM, typetom@... wrote:
> For a completely different approach to print estimates:
> I use a flat rate based solely on how many set-ups or print-runs are
> involved. My time is in the set up, not the number of copies; I
> have to mix and
> match ink, and clean the press, in any case. Use of hand-set type
> or the
> cost for making photopolymer plates are included as well -
> essentially a
> trade-off of pleasures and expenses either way, which I'd rather
> not calculate.
> Over time and numerous jobs, it all balances out ok, some things
> more effort, some less.
> Of course the cost of paper stock is separate and depends on
> quantity and
> the actual cost of the paper involved. Any shipping is extra at cost.
> If I'm unhappy with the way this works for me, then I would need
> to adjust
> the rate to make it feel right. I have saved hours, if not months,
> of time
> and bookkeeping frustration by this approach. No software necessary.
> Tom Parson/ Now It's Up To You
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