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KPI of the Day – Business Consulting (BC): $ Hourly fee

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Measures the average fee the company charges per hour, considering the types of services it provides and its position on the market.


To indicate how much the company can charge per hour. This is a measure of its competitive position in the market.


The amount a company charges per hour of consulting service show the company’s level of competitiveness on the market, the company’s profitability, and even suggests the quality of the services offered. Therefore, many managers in the industry seek to effectively negotiate on their $ Hourly fee.

One way in which you can achieve this is by negotiating based on the client’s perception of value. Another consists of working with the client’s budget to negotiate a befitting $ Hourly fee for both parties. No matter the negotiation method used, managers are expected to go with the $ Hourly fee that enables them and the company that they represent, to get ahead of the negotiating curve.

Several other recommendations on effectively setting consulting fees are as follows:

  • Benchmark on the consulting fees of competitors in the industry;
  • Set maximum and minimum thresholds for the consulting fee, but never go under the lowest acceptable rate;
  • Take time to research on the client’s demands before closing a sale at the negotiated price;
  • Remember that negotiation is not about winning or losing, but about establishing long-term client relationships that build customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.

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