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Thread: Financial issue - what thought /analytical process works for you?

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    No. you don't prepay that far in advance. If she wants more work, she can get more money from you by getting referred to a friend or neighbor, or by doing extra work for you (instead of just the kitchen and bathroom, she does the baseboards, gets out the carper cleaner or help you with spring organizing). Or having her come an extra week just to help her out.

    Honestly, i don't think anyone should pay her a vacation day. She should run her business in a way that she has enough money to take a break. That's what being self employed is about.

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    All great ideas - not so workable in our situation but yes - I like that way of thinking a lot -she should have done so too. I agree re: self-employed.

    She showed up today so only 3 more to go -I feel confident she will come. Thank you!

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    Update! Last prepaid cleaning is this week - the fourth cleaning I prepaid for and she showed up no problems the last 3 times. She texted me today to see if I could do three more prepaid so they could make mortgage payments. She says it's the last time. I spoke with my husband and we decided to do this "one more time" and I told her I would prepay after she cleans this coming week (so that there are only 3 prepaid as opposed to 4). After that I'll see. On a practical level given summer plans and schedules I wouldn't want to look for someone new right now. I'm not thrilled but feel very good about how she and her crew have shown up these last 3 times, am sure she'll show up this time and feel comfortable with doing this favor once more. She seems to greatly appreciate it. What gives me slight pause is she's taking the week off from cleaning for her birthday (next month) and of course you wonder how she can afford that given this situation. Some people of course might have her come an additional time to make up for it -we are not given our plans.

    Thanks everyone and my fingers are crossed that she continues to be trustworthy and reliable. I feel good about being able to help/being able to afford to help.

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    I think since you've already pre-paid for two cleanings, just tell her that you've done that but you are unable to pre-pay for more than that. And if she asks for you to do this again, you can just say that you're not able to do it. You don't have to give a reason. It's your money and no one's business but yours. Her financial issue is unfortunate, but you want someone that has a stable financial business to where you're not worrying about if they will show up again next time. It's okay to want to have that stability, since you're the one buying into their business.

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    Yes. We prepaid for four cleanings. Number four is this coming week. After that I've now agreed to one more prepayment for 3 cleanings. She sent me the pay-site request and I told her I will fulfil it after this next cleaning. I agree this should be the very last time especially since she has indicated that this is the very last time. I'm glad she's shown up for 3 out of the 4 prepaid cleanings with number 4 coming up in a few days. I am confident she will show up for number four as well. It's a tough situation. Last time I had too much of an issue with my bank and the pay site because she gave me a wrong way to pay her so I had to cancel/get a refund, ugh. This time should go much more smoothly.

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    Now , that you agreed to it again... I think you’re sunk. She is going to continue to ask .

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    Originally Posted by ~Seraphim ~
    Now , that you agreed to it again... I think you’re sunk. She is going to continue to ask .
    Hopefully you're wrong on that. She didn't say last time it was a one time thing and this time she said it was the last time. Hopefully she is true to her word. Since she's shown up for all the cleanings so far I know her to be honest about that. In nine years she's never been dishonest financially and I think other than one time she's shown up every time (that one time, about 6 years ago she told me she was sorry, had gotten sick - and came the next day -totally fine albeit inconvenient!)

    I'm not sunk in the least. I can say "no" and find a new person. I do believe she'll show up for all prepaid cleanings. and I will screen shot the texts.

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    I think generally, this wouldn't be okay, but since she has been the same person you've dealt with for 9 years and you have that trust there, it'll turn out alright. And if it doesn't, you can always go with someone else.

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    Originally Posted by WithLove
    I think generally, this wouldn't be okay, but since she has been the same person you've dealt with for 9 years and you have that trust there, it'll turn out alright. And if it doesn't, you can always go with someone else.
    Thanks! Exactly what I plan to do!

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    It sounds like they are in financial jeopardy.

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