« on: June 08, 2010, 11:40:19 PM »
Billing 3,000 hours in a year!? That almost seems absurd! At face value, that is only 58 hours a week. That's pretty easy in the billable world. However, taking into account:
- 4 weeks vacation (Seems like a lot, but necessary in a high volume billing environment)
- 100 hours of contining education (not sure if that translates that same to the legal field)
- 40 hours of recruiting
- 40 hours of facilitating trainings younger associates
- 40 hours of local city membership activities for networking
- 240 hours of eating (5 day weeks) (leaves half an hour for lunch a dinner...quick ones...and non-billable)
- 40 hours of firm activities (happy hours, small groups, etc)
- 240 hours commuting (5 day weeks) (assuming an half hour commute)
That puts you at an average of 78 hour weeks devoted to working, being at work, doing work related things, and getting to work. That translates to working 8 to 7 for 7 days a week or 8 to 10 during the week and 8 hours on Saturday. Working Friday nights won't happen too many times because you'd go crazy, so you'd tack those hours on to Sunday for a light day. I don't know anyone that can work non-stop, so you will end up adding a few hours to that week for staring off into the distance to clear your head because you have done nothing but work all year. In the end, you could go ahead and say 80-85 hours a week to bill 3,000 hours in a year.
That all being said, billing around 2,300 is pretty smooth sailing. Sure you'd have some 70 maybe even 80 hour weeks, but definitely not bad at all! Just for reference, you could take 5 weeks vacation, bill 40s in th summer, have 5-6 months of various 60 - 80 hour billing weeks, and hit some good numbers for the year. I tip my hat to anyone that can bill above 2,500. I couldn't keep up with that.