Costing new work takes a lot of time, especially when it involves a new pathogen. I've learned from past mistakes though.
One - never give a quote without looking up prices first. If pressed, quote wildly high. Companies are happy if you later reduce the quote but very unhappy if you try to increase it. (If they accept the wildly high quote, keep quiet).
Two - remember that every bit of income will be taxed. If you can do the job for £100 and you're paid £100, tax and NI will take a chunk out of it and you'll end up paying to work. Never work at cost price and it's never worth working at a loss to get new business. They'll expect those prices all the time.
Three - it's not just the materials and the testing. There's the setting up, the analysis, the reporting and the disposal. All costs money and time. This particular job will send me 60 samples per set and they all have to be done the day they arrive. That's late working and involves pain money.
Four - there is always, always, always... something you've forgotten. Don't release a quote until you remember what it is because it's usually something expensive.
So I am up later than Dracula again but this time with little to say. I've made forays to other people's blogs tonight but haven't got a good story for the evening.
Tonight then, I have a question instead.
How many of the 1966 England World Cup team were smokers?
Does anyone know?