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In 10 years of consulting, I've yet to see a client buy this line of thinking. Clients want an accurate forecast for cost and key assumptions being made to formulate that cost. At the end of the day, it's in their best interest to get a good price.

This doesn't mean you can't over-forecast the hours needed in a week to deliver x, it can be an iterative/incremental process. But don't think for a second a client won't want to see how you came up with your pricing model before signing an SOW.

Have you tried?

In my six years I’ve never had to switch to hourly billing. The most pushback I encounter to this idea is from other consultants, often before they even try it.

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