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Old 07-08-2012, 11:39 PM   #21
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It's the part that sucks. I have a little job to bid. One of my mom's oldest friends. When you add up the hours it just sucks. Even at a cut rate.

This is the part I hate,
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That is why I never ask for the money.

I state that this is how much is due me for services rendered and present the written invoice.

If they pay late I keep submitting the invoice until they pay.

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Old 07-08-2012, 11:43 PM   #22
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My wife asked for a small stool. I told her I would get right on it. And she would likely see in in 2 months.
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My wife asked for a small stool. I told her I would get right on it. And she would likely see in in 2 months.
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It makes just as much sense to say a friend/customer should pay more because you are his friend as it does to say you should work for less.

A close personal friend was my HVAC contractor for decades. He got all my work, no bid. The deal was, I made it clear, he charges me his regular rate. I was in business to make a living as was he. I would not take advantage of him because he was my friend.

Personal stuff, we did each other favors all the time. No one ever kept track of that stuff.
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You are not asking them for money. You are asking them to pay for work you performed for them.

If you did nothing for them they that would be asking for money. All you are doing is getting compensated for your time. Don't ask, just write it all down on an invoice and hand it to them with a smile. As long as the work you did was good and what they asked why should you feel any guilt in getting compensated for your time.
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My wife asked for a small stool. I told her I would get right on it. And i went to the bathroom with a newspaper and plastic bag.....
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i was trying to come up with something sophisticated with ''stool'' and ''get right on it''...something cute but clever and world goes right for poop humor
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Can we nominate Tom to be the in house forum Jester?
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i was trying to come up with something sophisticated with ''stool'' and ''get right on it''...something cute but clever and world goes right for poop humor
it was poop either way

the obvious one is to ask if his wife is a doctor....
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im sort of the same way.
i have a hard time asking for it. I may hint at times but ususally i am not straight up "gimme that ****"
when i price a job and reveal it to a customer im always a bit nervous about whether they will balk at it or not. but i am starting to realize that
my time is worth something and also that i should NOT feel guilty to make money in a fair way, eg. doing work
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You mean you shouldn't feel guilty.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:20 PM   #34
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I will sometimes tell the HO that "the machine don't work without fuel", meaning give me the dough.

This week the neighbor where I'm working came over. Wants a slab poured in a garage he had built last year. I went and looked at it. Good framing job, but lousy poured foundation work.

He tells me the guy who did the foundation quoted him $2500. So I called my concrete guy, gave him the size, said I want rebar in the walls, heavy gage mesh, saw cut and sealed.

He comes back at $4700. I wrote that down and added 20%.

Showed the numbers to the HO today. He said "geeze I didn't realize it would be so much". I simply replied "that's what it's going to cost to do a proper job".

He said "go ahead".......... See - people realy do know that it costs more to do things right. Or go ahead and hire the hack and see where you end up.
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I did some work for my wife's uncle. It was on a weekend, he cooked me a big ribeye steak and bought me lunch. He kept buggin me for what he owed. I said nothin we're good. The other day i got a wad of hundreds in the mail.
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Didn't you spend the weekend huckin brush for the daddy-in-law.
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I guy from my company has the same problem and we did a project for his cousin he asked me to talk to him about the price. To be honest I understand that you might feel a bit uncomfortable but it is our job and we have to get paid for it.
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im sort of the same way.
i have a hard time asking for it. I may hint at times but ususally i am not straight up "gimme that ****"
when i price a job and reveal it to a customer im always a bit nervous about whether they will balk at it or not. but i am starting to realize that
my time is worth something and also that i should NOT feel guilty to make money in a fair way, eg. doing work
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Become a confident collection pro.
If you don't ask, it won't happen. People know this and will take every advantage if you let them.
Have your invoice ready, hand it to them first thing, get paid, then talk about the job.
If you want to be paid, always talk it out in the beginning so there are no surprizes.
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Good thread.... Its the part of the job that is most rewarding and yet can be the absolute worst!! Chasing money consumes me. The old "checks in the mail" is the best one. Yea, I have my solid contractors that say that and its in the mailbox the next day, then there's the guys every once in a while that hand that line out 2, then 3 times... they forgot, their secretary forgot, it was misplaced under a pile on their desk, blah, blah, blah....you guys know it out there. Then the chase is on! Anyway - if your work is legit, then so is gettin paid for it!! Good luck!

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