Hey Carlos and Laura,
I’m an electrician, and I just started my own business a year ago. Business is good but could be better, but I’m working on getting more of a client list going.
My problem is that my friends and family continue to ask me for help with electrical jobs and of course I do the work for them, but they don’t pay me or ask me how much they owe. They assume it’s free.
I’d be happy to give them a family and friends discount. But no one even offers anything! They would have to pay someone else if I wasn’t around, and they know this is how I make a living. Wouldn’t they want to support my business? If I was selling a product they wouldn’t assume they get it for free, but because I’m giving my time with a trade they do? It’s so awkward. How do I get invoices out or what do I say next time?
Help a guy out in Cambridge
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