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Love/hate relationship with invoicing

"What is your greatest weakness?" It’s the interview question we all hate. I’d have to answer, "invoicing." Granted, when I get into it, I love invoicing because generally, that means money will be coming in from my clients. But I really dislike asking for money. Except when I do ask for money and it arrives. I also dislike justifying my time which is why I enjoyed the dangerous fixed rate work for so many years. Fixed rate was nice because my tightly budgeted clients knew what they were paying and if I did my job well, I made a profit; the risk was that I didn’t assess the problem correctly and ended up working fo minimum wage or less. For instance, when I was running my ISP, I received a phone call asking if I built websites. Naturally, the answer was yes. She asked, "How much?" Having no idea what I was doing, I responded $600. She became my first client and I ended up supporting her on that same $600 for 2 years. When I finally asked for money for my services, she dropped me like a rock and gave her business to someone else.

I learned a great lesson from someone who hired me to juggle at an event. She said she had a 4 hour event and wanted me doing atmospheric juggling for the 4 hours. I gave a rambling reply as I worked up a rate on the spot, "Well, I normally charge $85 for the first half-hour then $50 for every half-hour after that. So four hours comes to $435." Before she could speak, I spat out, "But you are a non-profit so you probably have no money so I could probably do it for $200-$300." She paused, then said, "Okay. Let’s do it for $200. But I’ll give you a bonus in the form of a lesson. You need to know that I was budgeted for $500 so your original $435 would have been acceptable. Additionally, you quoted me $2-300. Why would I pay $300 when you told me that $200 was fine? Put that in your pocket and I’ll see you at the event."

The most annoying aspect of invoicing is that it gets in the way of producing work which could be invoiced for money. I cannot bill for invoicing (based on my bills from my lawyer, he would disagree). I have systems in place to make invoicing easier and more accurate. Three months ago I was doing better at time tracking and invoicing than three years ago; today I am doing it better than I was three months ago. None-the-less, I have a mental block that hinders the process…but I’m fixing that.

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The weekend is upon us

What I would like to do: learn F360, design and build a bookshelf, build a tool shed, write an Alexa skill, balance my books, create a website for my son’s scout troop, train for being a scout volunteer, prepare for camping, finish my client’s websites, chill out and ponder life, clean, paint, fix the house up, study for my HAM license, create a podcast, create a video for a weekend project, dabble with my electronic hobbies, play with my children, teach my children, meditate, spend time with the wife, spend money, work on my own websites, win the lottery, and more.

What I will do: program, program, program, program, nap, program, program..

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What do you do with spam? I reply.

I get it. I know I’m talking to a bot. But sometimes, I just have to reply.

Honest liana to me
Ohh My GOD You are a very handsome looking man and it’s hard for me to believe why such a handsome looking man like you be alone over there without getting ladies chasing on you.I just join Amateurmach today and read you profile and found it very interested, Well am really impressed by your profile and I would wish to get to know more about you to see where this will lead us in the future i am not here for games nor drama either would really like to find someone who is looking for something real on here there is no harm in trying would let’s take chance and see where these could lead us into.

Me to Honest liana:
I am so glad you found me! You are young and look like you would have good eggs. I am fascinated with the Duggar family and am hoping to find someone who wants to make 18 or 20 babies of her own. We can even have our own reality tv show from the very beginning!

Honest liana to me
Hello good morning how are u doing.. are u on Google a hangout for us to chat?

Me to Honest liana:
I think chatting is good. I will look into Google a hangout. I am excited that you want so many babies. I think we should live stream it all! We can video document all the babies’ conceptions and charge people to watch. Then we can live stream, like on Facebook live, the births and document every moment of their lives on blogs and snapchat. Just imagine how cool it will be with the world watching as that first baby pushes its head out of your vagina into the world. We can make a montage video with all 18 babies emerging at once! This will be so cool.

Honest liana to me
I sent u an invite on google hangout come acceptme

Aaand that’s where I hit the spam button.

Here’s another:

Lucinda Elley to me:

I Am Ayisahtu osman i am single i have no kids i am here for a man to spend the rest of my life with if you are interested Kindly messaged me On hangouts

Me to Lucinda Elley:
Let me check with the wife tonight and see how she feels about this.

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Now that’s why you spend extra money – customer service

Our Delta kitchen faucet has been dripping for, months. Each drip is the resounding echo of money going down the drain. It is also environmentally irresponsible. Our fix was to put a sponge under the drip so the sink would quit imitating a bass drum. I dreaded replacing the washers but finally decided to do it only to find that mineralization had frozen the screw which holds the hand to the faucet so tightly that I thought I’d break the handle getting it off. I soaked it in vinegar for days and, eventually, it broke free. That’s when I discovered you cannot replace the washers. Delta uses a cartridge which you can from Amazon for $20 or HomeDepot for $25ish. When I went to HomeDepot, the kind salesperson suggested that I contact Delta because they warranty these things. Sure enough, I called Delta today and in under 3 minutes a free replacement cartridge is on its way. In 7-10 days, our drip will be repaired. I cannot believe I put this repair off so long!