I have several customers I only see needing me once or twice a year. Same jobs, same requirements, same payments, same "I'll take care of you down the road" for doing this for me.
I also have several customers that only need me when the "Shit hits the fan". They are really the fun ones. They know they have a problem, and even know the solution. But they still have to have a price quote, guarantee of delivery on time or else. I always wondered what the or else would be. But I digress. One of those customers requested my services last Wednesday morning.
It went like this: If I get you the material by this afternoon, can we have finished parts by Monday morning? I just faxed you the print. I need a firm price and delivery. What else is new(I thought). The request was made at 9am, the fax was received by me at noon. I responded at 12:02. I received the material(as usual) at 5:00pm. Oh goody one day already shot.
Now the good part: To meet these requirements require four 16 hour days in a row. I will not bore you with the details, but it was closer to 18-20 hour days. At 68 am I just stupid, or good or lucky, or UN-lucky? The coffee pot never cooled down, and at least a carton of cigarettes was consumed during the marathon to simply save a customer. For what? MY personal GAIN. I quoted the price SO HIGH there was NO WAY I would get the job, but I did.
So now my Freedom Fund is $18,000.00 richer! Not to shabby for four days. Especially for today's economy.
Nice way to go out. I have decided to close the shop. I am now seeking auction houses to see how they work. Once they set a date for the auction that will be the end.
I have started taking personal items from the shop each day when I go home,so once the date is set I'll have less to do.
I'm excited. The condo has not sold yet, but once the shop goes I'll still be free to RETIRE, and travel in the motor home.
Now to go home and sleep for 18 hours.