You are correct. Bound book with no missing pages.However you record it, make sure the method will stand up in court.
Punched pages in a 3-ring binder ain't gonna cut it.
Trust me on this. Been there, done that.
That is true....however many residential guys I know are now using a commercial type bound book on their projects. No matter what the project a daily hand written record will help resolve issues and provide evidence of what transpired on the job.He's a solo guy looking to keep track of his own time. He could write it in a My Little Pony book with a crayon. He shouldn't be getting far enough behind on anything T&M that court would even be worthwhile.
If he starts doing commercial then he should revise his system to something more appropriate.
That is a dandy little book----I think a column for purchases/payouts would be a useful addition.I still do mine longhand. Custom-printed book from FedEx Office.
Four of these per sheet:
I'm surprised you haven't had problems. I have found with my current job that even when I give people a very direct black and white price, I'll do the project and they'll come back and say, "What? 50 bucks. I thought you said 30."This is something that I need to start doing. Up to this point, I've been relying solely on my memory and whatever I put on estimates and invoices.
Every now and then I'll have a situation where I'll go back to an old unfinished job and, neither the HO nor I remember what we agreed to or what was promised.:blink: I'm fortunate to have clients that I can trust and clients that trust me so if there is ever a misunderstanding we always give each other the benefit of the doubt.
But now I realize that I need to start logging these conversations just for my own level of professionalism even if I never have any conflicts.