I was talking to an accountant mate over the weekend, he is a director of the company who have just bought a plumbing company in west London (yes, you know the one) and he has spent time studying the building industry and pricing. He has come to the conclusion that all trades are charging too little at the moment, with the shortage of labour and strong demand I tend to agree with him, I increased my day rate by 30% a few months ago and am booked up untill Febuary. This is on price work as I don't think a high day work rate is practicable. My day rate for pricing is now on par with local solicitors hourly rate, we all know that you can see a solicitor within a couple of days but it is months for a tradesman. I thought it may be handy if chippies could message their day rate and location which others could use for reference, this may level prices up locally and people under charging with out knowing can offer higher quotes, we could all do with either a bit more cash or even a four day week. Aat the moment, for the first time, I think ever, tradespeople have the upper hand, should we take advantage of it? We are self employed, we are risk takers, we need to make the most of this, don't we?