I’ll soon be moving into a new office. The current occupants offered to sell me their nearly-new IKEA office furniture (the Galant range, which is attractive, good quality and reasonably priced). Their quote listed installation and labour fees at £50 an hour. Now, that included some computer cabling. But mainly, I think, assembling IKEA flat-pack furniture.

Maybe it’s time we all revised our professional fees. Upwards.

By Marian Dougan


By Marian Dougan


5 Responses to “Are your fees high enough? Some food for thought”  

  1. 1 Nelida K.

    Congratulations, Marian! Wish you luck in your new office, enjoy your new furniture, and I am with you on adjusting fees. At least, I am adamantly against lowering them :)!

  2. 2 MarianD

    Thank you! I’m definitely not planning to lower my fees any time soon!

  3. 3 Zoe

    Fully agree on the subject of fees, but I’m confused about the furniture. Isn’t it already assembled if it’s not new?

  4. 4 MarianD

    It is indeed already assembled, already in place, and has been in use for over 18 months. The owners wanted to include the assembly costs in their price to me. I decided not to buy.

  5. 5 Heather Alexander

    Or maybe we should be applying to IKEA for flat-pack assembly roles?? 🙂

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