Joys of Being Self-Employed

Even after all these years, the expectations of clients continue to amaze me.

Had a call last night at about 5pm to do a closing this morning at 10am. I advised them that I would need all documents that night in order to proceed on time.

A half hour later, I received the work order with no phone number for the signer, so no way to verify the appointment. I sent several emails last night, asking for the documents & phone numbers.

While my client (a signing service) did ask their client (a title company) for help & CC’d me on their email, as of 9am this morning, still no docs or phone number.

Documents finally arrived in my in-box at 9:20am, well past the point when I would need them if I were going to print them in duplicate & arrive at the appointment on time — and AFTER I sent them an email saying that, due to lack of docs as agreed, I have moved on to other things.

I did offer to do the work tonight, if the signer could be contacted.

They re-assigned the work to someone else, although there is literally no way that anyone else could be there on time, due to when the documents were available & how long it takes to print & travel to the appointment location.

I love what I do, but it sometimes seems as if those for whom I do the work either go out of their way to make it harder to do or have no clue as to what is involved. To say that this is frustrating is a serious understatement.

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About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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