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Charging consulting fees for SOP development and guidance

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#12
Thank you, Marc, Ronen, Marcelo and others for sharing your experience and wisdom.

I did not choose to follow consulting; it seems to have chosen me, or at least this opportunity has. I will try to hunker down, work hard, give the customer my best, and cash in as much as is fair and reasonable. ;)
 

Ronen E

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#13
cash in as much as is fair and reasonable. ;)
Fair and reasonable for who?...

You should always try to quote as much as the potential client is willing to pay, not much less and definitely not more. This is not to say that identifying such a figure is easy or simple.
Hopefully what the potential client is willing to pay is still worth your while.
 
#15
I am a former Quality Manager, presently out of work and was considering retirement. Now the former VP at my last company is recruiting me as an independent contractor to help him create a QMS and develop SOPs for a European company developing a medical device very similar to what we were working on at my last employer (now closed).

All the work is remote from home (at least in the short term). They are hoping to have these done in phases, starting with Document Control, Quality Manual, Risk Management, Design Control and Design V&V in the first 2-3 months and then a full complement within 2019.

I have never done this on a contract basis before and am unsure how much to charge per hour or per SOP, how many hours to budget per SOP or how long to estimate each SOP will take. Everyone speaks English, so that should not be a complicating factor. It's a small group of people (10-15 for now) with one major point of contact. Video conferencing, e-mail and WhatsApp are all available communication tools for collaborations.

I have a suite of applicable SOPs, instructions, forms and other documents in editable Word/Visio/Excel formats from my last company to use as templates. I plan to use process maps, SIPOC diagrams and turtle charts extensively.

Can anyone provide me guidance for an hourly rate and average estimates for time to develop SOPs? Thank you. :)

Sir, you can charge them 5% to 15% from entire project capital cost.
If you charge by hour for just idea sharing and consultation, then you can charge 50$ to 250$ per hour. All the best sir. God bless you
 
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