On a call with my accountant the other day, we were sorting out how much a certain service he provides would cost. He gave me a pretty broad range. There was the base cost of paying for his expertise to fulfill the service. It was more than the insurance guy who does accountant work on the side and more than an online accountant service. I prefer the expert accountant in the matter. He’s very thoughtful and I appreciate his understanding of nuance, connectedness and problem solving. Why there was a range depended on me being organized. The more I was, the less of the accountant’s time would be needed to execute the service. If I was less organized, he’d need to spend more time, address lots of changes with more rounds of review and thus the cost would go up. That seems very fair and keeps me on my game.
Now, you be me. And substitute designer for accountant.