I don't give quotes to the nearest pence?!


I was talking to a guy I know, does the same sort of stuff as I do, he was asking me what I thought of a price he was sending to someone. I looked at it and worked it out then said “aye, looks good for five grand” . He said that you shouldn’t just give a quote out with a round number because people will think you’ve not worked it out properly?? Really? Do people care that much? I’d never heard of that before and thought it sounded weird, he ended up giving the people a price for like £4,997.65. Fair enough, each to their own.

I’m not a fan of going to the nearest pence, who’s got time to deal with all that.

The above picture isn’t a real job, it’s made up numbers to be used as an example. So when you round up the numbers there’s about two hundred quid going to me. I suppose this can be used to cover the cost of doing drawings, buying the extra materials that’s needed because the delivery included a bendy piece of wood that can’t be used but the merchant won’t take back or maybe it can cover the extra fuel used to go back and forward for this or that.

Remember the picture above probably isn’t accurate for any job, it usually only works out to a few quid here or there, I’ve just scribbled these down quickly, but still. This might not be a big deal for people but when I give people a cost I give them a fixed cost and the only way it changes is if they change anything while the jobs getting done. Makes sense to me. I like simple stuff.

So just a quick one to let people know that if they get a cost from me and its a round number then it’s because that’s the way I do it, I can’t be bothered with the wee pence here and there. Everything I seem to buy has a round number to it and the world still goes on.

Do you think I’m thinking a bit too much about this? Anyway, whatever. I think you should decide for yourself and round it up to the nearest £5, £10, £25, £50, £100.

Onwards people, onwards. Work to be done