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In BC we have a small claims (up to $50,000) court.  I often take people who owe me anything over $500 to small claims.  Has worked so far for me with little effort spent.  Bailiffs are efficient and effective.  I may negotiate some reduction in the final accounting, but I don't eat any sandwiches over $500.  I'm that sort of SOB that'll do things on principle to make a point.

Thor Tandy P.Eng MIStructE
Victoria, BC
----- Original Message -----
From: dave lowen
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 4:49 PM
Subject: RE: Level of Detailing

When work is scarce, you sometimes have to eat ?those? kind of sandwiches but a half a mill is a triple decker.


I try to maintain a philosophy that I can go fishing for free, why waste the day working for free. I have clients who have a history of paying, and paying on time. As for the others, I only accept work from those who don?t owe me money. I also remind those that do that I will bid one more job to them when the last one is paid in full.




Dave Lowen

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From: Will Haynes [mailto:gtg740p(--nospam--at)]
Sent: August 12, 2006 7:28 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Level of Detailing


If you think that is surprising, the last place I worked we sometimes would not get paid at all. One architectural company owed us half a million from previous projects at one time. Where I am now is a lot better because we also do a good bit of government work where the chances of being paid are 100% and we get to use our own architects on those.


I guess the thought was that some work is better than none at all and that some day we would eventually be paid. I had minimal influence on the clients we accepted and when we billed for changes.


On 8/12/06, dave lowen <jatech(--nospam--at)> wrote:



And we don't always bill them for the changes because we want to keep them as our client.