Right after I was done with my blog entry yesterday I sat down at the desk and wrote out 10 late charge notes. Some of these were for parents that paid tuition but no registration. Some were for people who had not paid anything. Some were for people who had registered but had not paid tuition ON TIME. I felt awkward. What if they just forgot (not likely as one paid late every single month last year)? What if they bring money in today and I have just sent them a nasty gram? I underlined and bolded the phrase "these charges will accrue until our next recital and your dancer will not be able to perform without full payment" In other words, like American Express of Visa, I am adding this to your balance and you will pay the charges.
Yes, two of the people I had billed came in with checks, one to fully discharge her debt and the other only a percentage. I felt awkward. But then I asked myself, "Did I feel awkward when I let the studio insurance lapse last July?" They billed me a $20.00 late reinstatement fee, as I was not seeing clearly I wrote a check for $72.36 instead of $79.36. So the account went into default as they will not accept a partial lower payment. It was not on purpose, I really had double vision. My agent could have had the fee reversed, but I deserved it. I paid it and I did not feel awkward. Why do I let people or myself do this to me?
I also had a grandmother call her daughter because even though the grandmother brings the dancer the mother had not paid. The daughter told her mother on the phone that she had written a check on the 28th of August. I told the grandmother I did not think I had any record of the check but I would go home and look at deposits after that time. Sure enough no check (so she lied to her mother). I then called her cell phone leaving a long message, as she did not pick up. So I called her husband's contact # with the same story, he was obviously irritated and told me she was sitting next to him would I like to talk to her? By all means! Well low and behold she had not mailed the check. So send check or your daughter sits out of dance. I cannot believe some people. But what I can remember is, I was that young mother at one time. I could not pay and I wanted my daughters to have those opportunities. Enter my wonderful sissie who allowed my girls many wonderful gifts, of time, travel, art you name it. Some people don't have a sissie, so I feel bad or awkward.
I have to get over this, I am a business not a charity.
I have so much sewing to do today and I am happy, happy, happy about it! Things seem to be picking up, I think. I had a no spend on Sunday and Monday, but we spent $35.72 at the grocery store last night. Fruit, milk, yogurt, lunch meat, cheese.
One of our local grocery stores is having a sale on butter for $1.99 a lb tomorrow so I am going to stock up on cheese and butter. 2 lbs of cheese for $3.99 plus I have a coupon for a $1 off 2lbs of cheese. I can reprint this up to 5 times. I am not a big coupon person but I love this offer.
Well I am off to see the wizard!