Minimum Billing Increments

Written by Patrick Vernallis in Blog
May 26, 2017:

Not tracking a brief 2-minute task today doesn’t feel like it makes much of a difference. But not tracking for those same two minutes day after day, bill after bill…it really adds up! Sure, tracking a small amount of time may not seem worth the hassle – but those lost minutes chip away at your bottom line. When you don’t track those extra minutes spent on a quick call or email, your client has no idea how much work your results actually take – and your invoices undervalue the ‘big picture’ of your professional service.

For convenience, most Bill4Time users track their time using a standard increment of time, commonly six minutes (0.1 hours), ten minutes ( 0.17 hours) or fifteen minutes ( 0.25 hours). This means that if your client calls you for a 5-minute status update, you’d bill them for the full increment of six, ten, or fifteen minutes. You can see in the table below how different minimum billing increments can affect the final billable value of hours worked for a client.

What we want to know is which increment your practice uses, and how you determined that amount of time was right for your clients? Has a client ever questioned it? Have you ever changed your minimum billing increment, and did you notice it had any effect on your practice in terms of client-relations and revenue generation?


Comments entered at the bottom of this post may be featured as a use-example for your minimum billing increment. So please feel free to share any experience or insight you may have! Users with the best comments may be contacted by Bill4Time to receive a special consideration for providing valuable input.




Written by Patrick Vernallis

Patrick Vernallis

Patrick is a Software Quality Assurance Analyst at Bill4Time. He collaborates with a team of developers and other colleagues to help Bill4Time users achieve success through streamlined processes for time tracking, invoicing, and payments.

2 responses to “Minimum Billing Increments”

  1. Tyler says:

    We use a mix of flat fee billing, and hourly billing, which we bill at the default 6 minute increment. I can’t recall any clients complaining about this specific increment, but it does benefit the billing professional to track those 1 or 2 minute billable tasks considering they can bill for 6 minutes instead of just 1 or 2 (or that 1 extra second after a 6 minute increment). This effectively pads their rate. Across a large matter, or across the firm, this would add up.

  2. Jahel Delgadillo says:

    Great article -Thank you

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