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Proper billing for video editing jobs

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Murtaza Kamal P Member Since: Mar 22, 2020
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Hi there, I hope you are doing fine.


I want to tell you about my problem in detail. I am currently working as a Virtual Assistant for a client at the rate of $30/hr. My primary duty is attending 1-hour (or less) Zoom meetings and editing them after the sessions. I bill for the time I spend in the meeting and for the "actual time" I spend editing the video. The actual time is the time I spend to cut, add, and insert things into the file. So, per webinar, I bill 15 to 30 minutes. However, I want to bill my client for the time when the software exports the video. As an editor, you know that the software took some time ( it was never less than 2 hours for my cases) to publish a finished product. My client bought me the software, but my electricity bill, wi-fi bill, and the miscellaneous bills should be paid by her for this exporting period (however small the bills are!). The client is not tech-savvy and I am a dumb too because I never speak out about this issue. Actually, I was a little annoyed by her attitude (for a different issue) and never wanted to go into an altercation with her. But, Better Late than Never, right? Our contract is ending the next week and I am looking for suggestions. How I can smartly put it so she agrees to pay me for this "Exporting/Processing Period"? I have on thing in my head, charging her maybe $5/hr for these periods? It was my first video editing job and that's why I'm hitting this rough page, I guess. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your time.




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Arun K Member Since: Jul 20, 2020
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I guess the best thing to do is track time through the Upwork app. Let the Upwork time keeper app track time automatically and you can keep the app ON for the time you spend on the clients work

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Murtaza Kamal P Member Since: Mar 22, 2020
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Thanks for your suggestion, Arun.