How much would you charge a private collector to inventory their cellar at home? Let's say 2,000 bottles. Thank you for your time.
Without knowing more, $2,000.
I am very limited on information at this time. The person has an idea of what they have, just not clear on the specifics of "how many of this and how many of that" etc.
Don't charge a flat fee. Give an estimate based on hourly work and get a very detailed scope of work - what do they want?
Best thing to do would be to charge an initial consult fee of a couple of hours - go over there, get an eye on things and talk to the person about what they would want to do. Then you can come up with an estimate (I'd give them both a low, mid and high range for amount of work expected). As far as your hourly rate would go, that's up to you, but my advice there is to ask for what you're worth and then add on a little more - you'd be surprised with what you get.
Straight into CellarTracker is faster than an upload if internet is good, but absolutely agree hourly is the way to go. I used to prefer a bulk upload excel spreadsheet but once you are quick with ct, direct entry is so fast. I also think it’s easier to catch errors when inputting directly into ct, than when mapping a bulk upload.
I do alot of private consulting, going to auction for clients etc. I am a Cert level Som with 25 years in the wine business. I charge $85 a hour to do inventory's that includes time counting the bottles and pricing them. I work mainly in the DC/Boston area and also have clients in the UK.. If your trying to make this kinda work part of your normal life you need to price yourself at a reasonable rate. If you charge a flat fee like 2000 you wont get much work.