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Re: Re: I feel so sorry fur us dummies. We kinds deserve what we get in life,
gome, yikes, I await the bailiffs !!!!

posted by benzinha on September 11, 2008 at 3:33 PM | link to this | reply

She just needed to fulfill the agreement! I doubt she would have paid! sam

posted by sam444 on September 11, 2008 at 11:23 AM | link to this | reply

Re: I feel so sorry fur us dummies. We kinds deserve what we get in life,

benzinha - I had an experience like that a few years ago. I had expense records for a business quarter that was probably the largest amount of all time. The bookkeeping was done with a shoebox full of receipts, cheapo accounting software and a back up on a floppy disk of all of the numbers. In a succession of about 2 weeks, my computer crashed, the shoebox was misplaced and my accountant lost the disk. Reconstructing the expense record turned out to be almost futile. I was able to find Visa bills for some of it and ask for duplicate receipts for a bit more from the places I made some of the purchases but a great deal of it was not recoverable. Try telling the government a story like that. The money that could not be accounted for had to be converted to income and I paid taxes on it. It was not a petty amount.

So I can identify with: "Future accounting, do it better"

posted by gomedome on September 11, 2008 at 9:46 AM | link to this | reply

I feel so sorry fur us dummies. We kinds deserve what we get in life,

no?

Wonderful story. Me? I'm going nuts with a store that I consigned some paitings to. I NEVER consign for just these reasons, but, the economy is crashing and I needed to be in a store that sodl my wholesale purchased things before and had my clientele.

I consigned with papers as safeguards, to keep the info straight. Then her accounting practices fell apart and I am all confused as I forgot to enter two checks in my records..........so, I am about to sneak over to her store when she isn't there and when her daughter isn't there and her one salesperson lets me see my own papers in her books..........

I think that I haven't been paid for three paintings and need to verify check numbers on payments. I give checks directly to my landlord and forget to enter them when he is breathing down my neck and I just hand him her checks before I hit home and the books on my computer.

Future accounting, do it better, benzinha....

 

posted by benzinha on September 11, 2008 at 6:31 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Exactly...and then the client always deciding they want another page that
Isn't that the truth. I have begun numbering and organizing email correspondence, making certain that I have outlined exactly what they are getting and have it handy when they develop amnesia. Freebie upgrade requests are a given and I always concede one small one but also use it as an opportunity to do some client training. A reminder something along the lines of telling them that hours added to the job will inevitably result in an upcharge but in reality all I'm really after is a diplomatic way of being firm about charging them for making additional requests. Most get it, some don't.

posted by gomedome on September 10, 2008 at 9:30 AM | link to this | reply

Exactly...and then the client always deciding they want another page that
wasn't in the contract and can you squeeze this and that and add this, while never expecting to pay a little more.

posted by Ariala on September 10, 2008 at 8:36 AM | link to this | reply

Ariala - I don't do websites any more either
I stick almost exclusively to ecommerce stores. I found that websites are a losing game competing against too many kids working for nothing. Then there are the clients who generally want the moon for nothing.  

posted by gomedome on September 10, 2008 at 8:11 AM | link to this | reply

LOL, been there...I love sending Paypal invoices (and reminders). They
always have more power than my own emails...I stick to those nowadays.  And I think it was good that she thought you had her user name and password info...you're right to wonder whether or not she would have paid otherwise. I'm glad to be out of website design.  LOL  I actually turn those projects down now and stick strictly to writing and other sorts of creative consulting projects.

posted by Ariala on September 10, 2008 at 7:37 AM | link to this | reply

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