A Delicate Situation
Hello my darlings!
How are you? Good, I do hope!
Today's post is long one! So grab your drink and get comfortable, because I have a story to share, and I could use your advice.
My French life hasn't been La Vie en Rose recently, but I am attempting to remain classy and graceful.
I've been feeling especially uncomfortable due to a delicate situation that I will explain in detail, but before I do, I have a happy announcement to make!
I am pleased to announce CHOUCHOUTAGE MAISON, which roughly translates to House of The Pampered Pet.
I am entering a new phase of my life where I want to work with and be surrounded by animals. I am an animal lover! I have been the proud parent to dogs, cats, and rats. I gave them a wonderful and spoiled life, and it was reciprocated!
I have been wanting to start a pet business for a while now, 10 years, the idea first came to me when I lived in Las Vegas. My dream was to have a dog kiosk at a fancy outdoor market or mall, selling dog wares from clothes, leashes, collars, toys, and fancy dog treats. I would still love that, just one thing at a time.
When I lived in Las Vegas, I worked as a journalist for a local TV station, then transitioned into newsradio, doing traffic and news updates during the morning and afternoon drive times. I also had a side business, THE COMPLETE PACKAGE, where I worked as a personal stylist, something I continue doing to this day.
I have a variety of interests, hobbies, and different ways of profiting off of my talents and desires. Plus, I have the time since my husband and I of 11 years are childless.
CHOUCHOUTAGE MAISON is a pet sitting and training service. I mostly work with dogs and cats, but I wouldn't mind snakes, horses, rats, or hamsters! In fact, I'm open to all animals!
My services include cleaning out litter boxes to making sure food and water bowls are filled to walking your dog to teaching some basic commands.
I decided to set my prices as follows -
cat: 25€ per day
dog: 35€ per day
training: 45€ per hour
I have to admit, I put the cart before the horse, meaning I just went for it without setting up the proper paperwork to make it a official business. I plan on taking all the time necessary to make sure everything is on the up and up, no matter how long that takes. Actually, it's seems pretty simple, it may take an afternoon, but then again also weeks, because I would like to take a business class that city hall offers.
As I mentioned, I just went for it, creating my ads and placing them around my neighborhood and online.
I am pleased to report that I have recently landed my first client, and may have a second one lined up. This gives me great hope and confidence for the future!
I am so happy with my new business venture, I feel good when I just think about it, and I plan on smothering all of my paying clients in hugs and kisses!
And who knows, maybe one day, I'll have my fancy dog kiosk, it'll just be in France!
All is well that ends well. My delicate situation has found closure, but not before a month long back and forth where egos were bruised and foul mouthed language was used freely!
Here's the story:
I did the job of watching for cat, Mysha, for three days. Everything went off without a hitch.
Money was the aggravating factor. My client low balled me, perhaps because she is cheap or is having financial difficulties or both. I responded with a fairer rate that was competitive and just. She got upset.
Turns out, the cat developed eczema, most commonly caused by fleas. I don't have fleas, nor does my dog, we comb her frequently and placed her on a flea and tick treatment year long. She is an active dog, often going on nature hikes, and needs protection.
Mysha had to go to the vet for treatment, which caused my client more money and delayed payment to me by five weeks.
I am an understanding and tolerant person, and responded to her situation with empathy. I reduced the rate to what she originally proposed, to create a win-win situation. I finally received payment.
Maybe the situation would have been avoided all together if perhaps I wasn't so greedy. Oh well, lesson learned. Thank you, next.
So, what do you think? Should I just shut up and take what is offered, the first time around?
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
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