Folks here know I rarely hold back when I offer an opinion. Didn't I coin the term CUSS-tomer?
We've heard it all, dealt with all manner of fools who love our work, but don't want to pay for it. Of course, WE would never stoop to those silly games. One of my personal favorites is the customer who, at job's end, suddenly discovers they're out of checks.
Well ... yesterday (Saturday) I had a contractor over. They came on time, worked 12 hours straight, and pretty much did things as I wanted. I'd give them a score of 85 out of 100.
Taking the foreman to my office, I pulled out my checkbook and ..... and .... Oh-oh! No more checks. Heck, I didn't believe it myself when I used that lame excuse.
I was able to pay using another account, and Monday I get to untangle the mess I made. I think I'll order more checks too.
Let's see ... 5 guys, 12 hours ... that requires more cash than I'd want to carry around, or want to pay out without having a paper trail. Heck, the dump fee alone was likely more than I'm likely to have in cash on hand,
Credit / debit card? Darn few contractors have the ability to take them. At their scale of business, card processing fees are absurd.
Money order? Apart from the cost, we're up against the $500 limit to them, and the need to get them ahead of time.
Payment in kind? Sorry, I'm fresh out of goats and chickens .
Nope. I simply dropped the ball. It's pretty rare for me to use a check these days, and I got caught unprepared.
Many UK businesses won't accept personal cheques(checks) any more and the banks keep talking of phasing them out. Card, online payment, or cash are OK, though cash does sometimes get associated with trying to cheat the taxman.