The only time I charge by the hour is for emergency repair services or small handyman quick fix repairs like putting in a phone jack for the little old lady who lives down the block.
Most of the time you set yourself up for client upset when you go by the hour for any decent size job. You stop moving for one second and they start flipping out. If I do give a client a per hour or per day rate I will generlly give them a "not to exceed" price so they know the most they could expect for a bill.
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