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kennyp Tue 01-Dec-15 18:28:46

i do a woman's ironing. usually £6-£8 worth a week. she never pays me teh right amount. she gives me a tenner and then says "oh good. i get credit". so i am ending up doing her ironing some weeks and getting paid £1.20 or something ridiculous (as she's overpaid me the week before). it was recently 80p.

yesterday i had had enough when she gave me a tenner and asked her to pay me the actual amount. i said that it's crazy that some weeks she pays me £1.20 for ironing which takes me an hour, etc. if work overpaid me one month and then paid me less the next it'd be equally as irritating.

i text her 12-18hours before she gets the ironing to let her know what the cost is. i don't think i'm being unreasonable to ask her to give me the correct money. she knows every week that she'll have to pay me. but if i am being an unreasonable old bag then i'll accept it (aaaggghhhh!!!)

i'm not a registered business doing ironing. she's a friend of a friend etc.

TheLambShankRedemption Tue 01-Dec-15 18:30:26

Could you have her do a bank transfer of the exact money from the text information? That could work and save scratching around for coins.

pullofthemoon Tue 01-Dec-15 18:31:06

So are you getting paid the correct amount eventually? By this, I mean if you do £4 worth of ironing every week and one week she gives you £5 and the next £3 - is that the right scenario?

sparechange Tue 01-Dec-15 18:35:27

Carry some change on you, and give her change when she pays you with a note, so you've been paid the correct amount?

EvansOvalPiesYumYum Tue 01-Dec-15 18:36:27

Can you keep the excess in a jar until the following week so you don't feel short-changed? Or take change with you to give her back the difference if she tries to pay you too much?

As long as you are getting paid what you are owed, I don't quite see the problem.

MatildaTheCat Tue 01-Dec-15 18:38:17

Just take change with you. She's clearly not that organised and isn't out to rob you. Say pleasantly that you like to keep things straight because you have so many clients it gets confusing.

Equally your responsibility to ensure you have change for a tenner as she has exactly £7.45.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 01-Dec-15 18:39:21

You're still getting the right money overall aren't you? You've just been paid some of it in advance of actually having to do the ironing.

Or just keep a bag of change and give her change?!

Honestly what a fuss about absolutely nothing hmm

scarlets Tue 01-Dec-15 18:40:59

Bank transfer.

Piratespoo Tue 01-Dec-15 18:41:51

Of course presumably you are registered as self employed and paying tax?

Thought I'd be the first person to get that one in.. hmm

Arfarfanarf Tue 01-Dec-15 18:42:15

yes, I agree. If you know she does this, keep change then you don't have to worry about it.
I also like the change jar. Because obviously you are getting the same amount of money overall, you aren't losing, so keeping it over might get rid of that illusion.

She's never actually paid you £1.20 for an hour's ironing though, right? She's just paid you in advance so you've already been paid your going rate for that ironing, less the £1.20 which she then gave you?

Unless I'm reading it wrong and she isn't paying you enough? She's either paying in advance, or paying the difference, she never owes you money for ironing done?

Unreasonablebetty Tue 01-Dec-15 18:45:03

I can see where you are coming from, but she's also not being unreasonable here, she's paying you what you ask for.
Bank transfer does seem like the way to go, or take change if u want it cash in hand.

ThatsNotMyHouseItIsTooClean Tue 01-Dec-15 18:50:12

Does it really matter? My cleaner increased her hourly rate so, rather than being a round sum, it now ends in £2.50. As I rarely have £2.50, I just give her an "extra" £10 every four weeks. The difference may be that I discussed this with her & she is happy with it.

kennyp Tue 01-Dec-15 18:55:55

i doubt she'd do the bank transfer thingy.

drives me bloody mental that she never has the right money. getting paid £10 one week and 80p the next doesn't help me whatsoever. perhaps she could do her own ironing. hmmm.

thanks for comments though.

witsender Tue 01-Dec-15 18:59:01

How does it not help you? You still get the same amount. Either be organised and take your own change, or put the excess aside.

Enjolrass Tue 01-Dec-15 19:03:08

To be fair though, if I am paying for a service I would expect the person I am paying to have change.

Can't you carry change?

if you know she doesthis then how hard is it to save a bag of change?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Costacoffeeplease Tue 01-Dec-15 19:06:15

Yep - give change or give yourself the change and keep it separate for the next time - but you're not ironing for £1.20, you're actually getting the better deal as you're getting paid in advance

Arfarfanarf Tue 01-Dec-15 19:07:41

why doesn't it?

If over the two weeks it adds up to the correct amount, how does it not help you? Spend the week's money, save the next week's to add to the rest she gives you.

Are you being underpaid though? I could have misunderstood what you're saying. Does she owe you money?

Change bag, that's all you need to solve the problem of being given a tenner.

littleducks Tue 01-Dec-15 19:10:21

She could do her ironing. confused True. Or use an ironing service that gives change/credit without complaints hmm

LaurieFairyCake Tue 01-Dec-15 19:13:06

You're not getting paid less though. The problem is you can't manage your budget if it's pissing you off.

Either give change (within your control) or put up with it.

SummerNights1986 Tue 01-Dec-15 19:14:17

I think littleducks has it summed up really.

You're hardly doing it out of the goodness of your heart are you? You're charging her for a service, she's paying you.

Go get some change! I would expect anyone i'm paying for a service to have change - it's not my responsibility to make sure I have a pocketful of coins just because you can't be bothered to hmm

Pippa12 Tue 01-Dec-15 19:16:08

I think YABU. Either keep some change on you or only spend half? How do you think people manage who get paid monthly, budget? If if bothers you so much tell her, but expect her to look perplexed!

AtSea1979 Tue 01-Dec-15 19:18:15

Don't see the problem

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 01-Dec-15 19:25:14

She could do her own ironing. Or she could give the business to someone else.

You could learn to budget perhaps? All seem much more satisfactory than getting your knickers in a twist about being paid early.

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