Non-billable hours refer to the time spent on tasks that are not directly related to generating revenue or invoicing clients. For freelancers, non-billable hours can include administrative tasks, marketing and networking activities, training, and personal development, among others.
Non-billable hours can have a significant impact on a freelancer’s business. While these activities are necessary for running a successful business, they can eat into the time that a freelancer has available for billable work. This can lead to a decrease in revenue and profitability, as well as potential burnout from having to work longer hours to make up for the lost time.
Furthermore, freelancers often underestimate the amount of time they will spend on non-billable tasks, leading to incorrect pricing strategies and potential financial losses. It is essential for freelancers to track their time accurately and account for non-billable hours when setting their rates and quoting on projects.