Me? Complain? Nah! πŸ˜‚

Oh wow. Just wow. I seem to be in a heated discussion with a client over my 2018 rates. I went up on my weekly fee by $25 a week and hourly fee by $2 per hour. I didn’t put that I wanted an extra $100 a week for being a companion or $5 to $10 per hour for driving which is technically what I could charge for my services in this area (I never will because Uber is pretty cheap and they are my only real competition).

This is my first complaint about the new rates. This person wants to be “grandfathered” in because they are a friend. Sorry chickeeda! I can’t do that! I have to make money too! I understand you want to save $25 a week but look at it this way. I take care of all of your parent’s needs whether it be phone calls to doctors, fighting with insurance, or even dealing with the retirement homes.

Expenses have skyrocketed since I moved in with my mother. The Toyota I got from a client was never driven much for years and now everything is breaking, including the electrical system, since I drive it daily. My mother seems to think I’m made of money as well and doesn’t have to pay me back for all of the little things she asks me to “pick up while I’m out.” The list of things that have gone up in price goes on and on.

I had breakfast with Forgetful this morning. I took her breakfast from La Madeline and she was very happy. Her step daughter in law came too and that was fun, not! She screamed at her and told her she’s lying and doesn’t care, blah blah blah. Forgetful didn’t notice when I left either. Oh well. I’ll see her tomorrow.

The only other thing I have today is taking the couple to dinner unless someone calls me to take them somewhere. I guess once my food settles (I think I ate too much), I’ll go work out at the gym. Which is another expense! πŸ˜‚

Last night I went outside to take trash out and the sky was clear in between heavy downpours so I took a picture of the creepy looking sky.

Weird, right?

22 thoughts on “Me? Complain? Nah! πŸ˜‚

  1. the sky is creepy – but also cool and artsy – and I actually commend you for feeling comfortable and confident with your fees. It is not easy for many people and once the adjustments settle in – usually it is long-term win win. Because the truth is that if you did not care for your increasing needs – and it sounds like in a very reasonable increase- but if you did not do so – you would be gone down the road – and they would not only miss you – but they would regret griping about the increase.
    I could go on and on on how I have seen people expect discounts -or the gf clause – and totally get it – it is a human perspective thing – and well, just wanted to say that you are smart to have confidence and to gently hold your ground

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      1. well again – it really is important to take care of your needs or there will be no “you” to take care of.
        and it is not like you were upping the price too much – just to cover costs and all –
        and maybe you could negotiate a little – like knock a few dollars off for being grandfathered in – or not. but sometimes they just need a little give and take to feel respected (and to help the jolt they feel)

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  2. I actually really like that sky picture. It is nice. And yeah clients complain when prices go up but you have bills to pay, they’ll be alright! Great post hun.

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  3. That’s crazy isn’t it? Prices of things have went up since I was kid. When I first started to work at Walmart in 2007 diapers were 20 dollars, but now you can’t buy diapers for 20 dollars. Isn’t that just crazy?! Even gas has gone up. Food has too. Oh man. It’s unreal. I complain about stuff being expense all the time. It’s unreal.

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  4. First off have you raised your prices yet?!? Bc with small businesses you don’t get healthcare. You have to get it privately and I just think that supporting local small businesses is very important even if there is a increase in prices once in a while. It’s the same thing for the girl that does my hair been going to her for like 7 years and she increased her prices like $5 and a lot of her clients freaked out! But I was like you have to purchase health insurance for her and her family privately and at least I know the money I give her goes to her family and not a corporation. So you stick with it! Know your worth! You deserve it!

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  5. I hope your fee rise will be accepted. Perhaps you can cite inflation rate, which is true and if you pull the figure out from your economist ratings, it may back you up. Ours here is 3%. Hope this helps you!

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