Computer Contracts and the Hours Bank ModelOne way to sell computer contracts to your customers is to offer them your consultancy time on an “hours bank” basis.


An hours-bank agreement may work for those customers who are likely to need blocks of your time, but are reluctant to sign up to a monthly agreement or retainer. Usually, you would suggest that a client pays up-front for a set number of hours (or perhaps days).

Selling hours-bank computer contracts can be more beneficial to you, as the service provider, than a true “pay as you go” model. It ensures you a certain amount of work and helps you to get the revenue in quickly.


Selling hour-bank arrangements may work for you, as it does for many IT firms, but there are a couple of implications you should consider first:

  • You must be very careful to clarify response times with clients, especially if you run a one-person business or one with limited staff. What, for example, happens if you have sold an hours-bank to four different clients, and they all call you with an urgent issue at the same time?

  • Hours-bank computer contracts will not be considered as guaranteed income if, in the future, someone wishes to buy your business. Just because a customer has continually “topped up” with hours, there will be no certainty they will do so again. There’s no substitute for contracted, long-term support agreements when it comes to adding value to your business.


Do you offer hours-bank computer contracts? Share your experiences in the Comments below.  


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