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December 2nd, 2017 at 06:17 am

I am no longer working the tutoring job. I had to write several emails to get my last half of September payment and received it 17 days late. My first half of October payment was due 14 days ago. The last half is due tomorrow. The owner has quit answering emails. I am sending one more request today letting him know I expect both payments on Monday. If he doesn't comply, I am pursuing payment via a family member who is a lawyer.

This company has been in business for 2005. I checked it out before taking the job. Right before I quit, two of the three managers quit. From what I have figured out, the owner eventually has been paying, but apparently when he feels like it and he will not communicate in the meantime. The two payments total just under $500. After this, I am still owed just over $300 for what I worked in November (that payment is due Dec. 18th).

I am so depressed. I should be in decent financial position by now and I am not. Between this payment issue and starting subbing two months late (I blogged about that fiasco), I am barely treading water. I was so looking forward to the holidays with my family and friends for the first time in years, and now it is just a depressing thought. I spent $18 (after Amazon credit) on gifts for my grandkids. I will not be buying anything else.

I took my dad up on his loan to pay for the necessary items to get my teaching license here in MI. I hope to do the first aid while I am off from subbing over Christmas vacation.

Going forward I will be fine. I am going to do more editing and mystery shopping as well. It is a matter of getting caught up and being able to save some money.

It sucks because there were so many events friends wanted me to attend with them this season and I can't. I was supposed to go to Frankenmuth with my BFF's family this weekend. I was invited to two Christmas parties. The parties are near my parents (100 miles each way) and I can't justify the extra gas. I am only driving where I need to because I have limited savings should I need any car repairs.

Thanks for letting me vent once again! Despite my frustration, I am grateful for the roof over my head and the ability to pay the bills even if I can't save right now!

8 Responses to “Frustrated”

  1. Out of the Dark Says:

    Laura, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Thoughts and prayers to you.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I can understand your frustration! But you are being smart, no new debt, to please yourself or friends and family. May things turn around soon for you.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    What a pain. I hope he comes up with the cash for you.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    My heart goes out to you. You have, in good faith, worked and should get paid. I'm sorry this is causing such heartbreak. I don't get why folks don't understand that they are supposed to pay when services are performed. I had this issue with the city librarian a few years ago. They approached me to run a program at the library and after I agreed, they changed some of the things. I was to be able to hire the folks I wanted to work with me. I got to choose one person and the other person was a jerk who worked for the library. The program was grant funded and was to be for kids who were considered to be in poverty. Well, I have always worked in high poverty schools so I could get the kids, but I knew the drawback would be transportation. The person I hired had the luxury of using her church's van so we could transport kids. It was a very successful program under my leadership. I knew enough media people to get good PR, and we had field trips to both the local television station and newspaper. Back then power point was a big thing and I taught the kids how to make presentations of what we saw. The guy who worked for the library was not a good role model. He cussed in front of the kids and he was rude. He was bragging about his college degree to me. I finally said I'm glad you have a b.a. but you aren't the most educated person in the room and he said what did I mean. I told him I had a master's degree so I wan't exactly a dummy. Anyway, this program ran for a semester and we were supposed to start in January for the next semester. The librarian contacted me and wanted to know when I planned to start the next session. I said I wasn't starting anything until I got paid for what I had already done. She informed the grant money hadn't come in. I said that's fine, but then she should be patient before we start since the gal I hired really needed the money and could be tutoring before we start again. It wasn't a pretty conversation after that. I quit as did the other gal. We did finally get the money coming to us, but I had to get kind of ugly to get it. They tried to copy the program like I did and guess what they found out...inner city kids don't have the transportation after school to get the library. They had to then change the program to bring in kids from a group home in order to get the transportation and kids.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I've found that some people think they don't have to rush to pay a freelancer, because, I guess, they just know they can get away with that. One reason to be choosy when deciding who to work for. That stinks.

  6. klarose Says:

    I can relate! I am also owed about $300 from a side job I did. My hours are all the way back from July! Frustrating! The company keeps telling me they are going through money issues and will pay me as soon as possible. They are nice people and I have worked with them for a while, so I'm trying to be patient. But it's starting to get ridiculous. $300 would help me out quite a bit.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I can remember when I was working at the gym after being laid off and having multiple paychecks bounce. I wasn't desperate for the money, but it definitely wasn't a good feeling! I hope you get your money soon.

  8. Laura S. Says:

    Thank you all for your support. Sad to see many of us have had to go through this!

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