#50: Taming the Billable Hour

Do you struggle with how to approach billable hours, from a planning perspective? On today’s episode, I want to help you understand how to approach things so that you have the best opportunity to hit your hours, without overwhelming yourself in the process.

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • The disadvantages of the billable hour system
  • My formula for well-balanced billable hours and what actions you need to take for it to work in your favor
  • How to figure out your target, based on your own situation
  • What firms don’t tell you about minimum billable hours
  • How to organize your hours throughout the year and make adjustments monthly with fluctuations in hours
  • When to say “No” to projects!

Plus, I share my step-by-step formula so you can make sure you hit your target (and not go over – because overbilling is just as bad as underbilling…).


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Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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