I've pulled off many miracles in my time, usually one after another such that they actually become expected of me now.
I owe my supplier $1200 I owe my helper $300 I owe child support $300 + another $300 is late. I owe the phone company $250
All of this must be paid by Friday.
I have less than $100 to my name, and I'm spread out so thin on my jobs, that I can't possibly get any one of them finished to get paid by then.
So, I guess what all this means is: If you don't see me on ECN for a while, it's because my phone has been cut off, but I'll eventually be back. Don't want anyone to think that they made me mad or something.
Even if I became a doctor or a lawyer, I'd still figure out a way to remain in poverty level!
-Virgil Residential/Commercial Inspector 5 Star Inspections Member IAEI
I've been in far worse shape than that. It seemed like just when the world was about to end I got paid from something and it allowed me to go on.
I'm sure that if you talked to your suplier they would help you out. Just lay your cards on the table, be honest and pay them when you say you will. If you have been a good and loyal customer they should work with you.
Another thing that you might want to try is a credit line with a bank. You might be able to use your signed contract(s) as collateral.
The bank would give you the money you need and when you get paid your customer would write a two party check (to you and the bank). The bank would take thier money first and give you the rest.
Or you could try a demand note from your bank. A small loan that would have to be paid back within 30, 60 or 90 days. Depending on your needs. If you know the bank and they know you, you may not need any collateral.
Anyway, even when you do get through this, and you will, you shouldn't be using YOUR money to finance jobs. Your a contractor not a bank! And don't be afraid to let your customers know this.