I bid my jobs by listing each operation and how many hours each will take.
And I mean everything! From material purchase, drive time, fuel, ripping, jointing, routing, sanding, shop assembly, finishing, loading and transportation of product and equipment to the site, any on-site assembly, demo, debris removal etc. etc.
I charge for everything.
I then add up the hours and break it into days.
I have a personal daily minimum so I multiply the number of days times that figure and I have a dollar quote.
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did — in his
sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.