10 Misconceptions about Mechanic's Liens
Judging by the
number of mechanic's lien forms that folks
are downloading these days it
seems there are a LOT
of construction customers that aren't
someone asks me for advice in regards to
a customer that won't pay their bills I always
refer them to David. He'll talk with you
for about 20 minutes at no charge so that
you can get good solid answers to all your
you talk to him you don't even have to mention
me to get him to speak with you, he'll do
it just because he's that kind of guy. Obviously
I'd appreciate it if you would mention me
because that lets him know that I sent you
but he'll still help you no matter whether
you mention me or not. :)
a great guy, just about everyone I've sent
his way has really liked him. :) Now that
I really think of it I don't think I've received
even one complaint about
can also check out his webpage and read more
about him at http://www.barkerlawgroup.com/about/attorneys/david_barnier.php.
is a link to the article that David wrote
about mechanics lien misunderstandings.
really cool about it is that he doesn't just give
the misconceptions, he's provided in-depth
explanations about each one. I even learned
a few things myself!
Ten Misconceptions About Mechanic's Liens
of Deadbeat Customers?
matter what type of contractor (or supplier) you
are or what state you're in, you're bound to run
across a deadbeat customer sooner or later, if
you haven't already.
no fun fighting to get paid. You put your sweat
and tears into a job to get it done and done right
and then your customer forgets who you are!
no more! Down with deadbeats I say! Sorry... I
just get a bit worked up about these creeps, we
dealt with enough of them when we were contracting.
a new website out there that may just be the solution.
You can post information about deadbeats that don't
pay you what they owe you and you can read about
deadbeats that haven't paid others what they owe!
more about Dealing
Ways to say NO to a request that would overwhelm
Ramona Creel of OnlineOrganizing.com <-- As of 6/28/13 no longer a website
me if this sounds familiar -- someone asks you
to do something that you really donít want to do
or you honestly donít have time for. It might be
a church bake sale, a school fundraiser, participating
on a committee, or even just working late. But
you feel like you will let the other person down
if you say no. You feel GUILTY already, and you
havenít even responded yet! So you say, ďSure,Ē even
though doing so is going to put you under tremendous
stress and PRESSURE. You know that you will probably
end up resenting this activity, and maybe even
ducking some of your responsibilities because your
heartís just not in it, but you go ahead and agree
Why are we so afraid to tell people "noĒ? For some reason, we have been taught
that "no" is DISRESPECTFUL -- and even insulting. We seem to value other people's
time more than our own -- feeling that we need to bend over backward to accommodate
others, even if it inconveniences us. I know we're atoning for the "me" 1980's,
but let's be reasonable!
"No" is actually one of the healthiest words that can come out of your mouth.
When you tell someone "no," you are really saying that you understand and accept
your own LIMITS, and don't want to do a shoddy job by overwhelming yourself.
That you value your time and priorities and aren't willing to take away from
the truly important things in your life. A little selfishness is necessary, if
you want to maintain a balanced and sane life!
So how do you say "no" without insulting the other person, feeling consumed with
guilt, or hurting your own credibility? We need to find a way to say "no" without
dragging up all of those HIDDEN FEARS -- they'll think I'm lazy or selfish, that
I have no career drive, that I'm not ambitious, that I have no concern for other
people. And it's time to give up all of those roles you're so proud of -- supermom,
martyr, hero -- but are keeping you from finding true peace. Once you've accepted
that you have the right (and often responsibility) to turn someone down, you
can do it in a way that doesn't seem like a REJECTION. Let me show you how:
"I CAN'T RIGHT NOW, BUT I CAN DO IT LATER"
If you really want to help the person but don't have time now, tell them so.
Offer a later time or date -- if they can't wait for you they will find someone
"I'M REALLY NOT THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON FOR THE JOB"
If you don't feel that you have adequate skills to take on a task, that's okay.
It's better to admit your limitations up front than feel overwhelmed down the
"I JUST DON'T HAVE ANY ROOM IN MY CALENDAR RIGHT NOW"
Be honest if your schedule is filled -- and "filled" doesn't have to mean really
FILLED! It just means you have scheduled as much as you are willing and you're
"I CAN'T, BUT LET ME GIVE YOU THE NAME OF SOMEONE WHO CAN"
If you aren't available to help out, offer another qualified resource. Professionals
do this all the time when they refer a client to a colleague.
"I HAVE ANOTHER COMMITMENT"
And it doesn't matter what that commitment is. It could be a meeting or a dentist
appointment or a day in the park with your kid. The point is, you aren't available.
"I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF SEVERAL PROJECTS AND CAN'T SPARE THE TIME"
Let people know when you have already accepted other responsibilities -- no one
is going to fault you for having already filled your plate.
"I'VE HAD A FEW THINGS COME UP AND I NEED TO DEAL WITH THOSE FIRST"
Unexpected things happen that throw your schedule off -- it happens. So accept
that you may need to make a few adjustments until your life stabilizes again.
"I WOULD RATHER DECLINE THAN END UP DOING A MEDIOCRE JOB"
Knowing that you aren't able to deliver a quality product -- for whatever reason
-- is reason enough for turning a request down.
"I'M REALLY FOCUSING MORE ON MY PERSONAL AND FAMILY LIFE"
People act ashamed of wanting to spend time with their families -- like it means
they don't have goals. Having a strong family is a goal in and of itself!
"I'M REALLY FOCUSING MORE ON MY CAREER RIGHT NOW"
The reverse is true also -- you may have to give up some civic or community duties
to focus your energies on a work-related task (and that's fine, too!)
"I REALLY DON'T ENJOY THAT KIND OF WORK"
Who said you were supposed to enjoy your chores and assignments?! Well, if you
don't enjoy them, why do them? Life isn't about drudgery and boredom.
"I CAN'T, BUT I'M HAPPY TO HELP OUT WITH ANOTHER TASK"
If someone asks you to do something you really despise, refuse -- but then offer
to help with something you find more enjoyable or stimulating.
"I'VE LEARNED IN THE PAST THAT THIS REALLY ISN'T MY STRONG SUIT"
Another way of admitting your limitations. Did you know that actually makes you
stronger? Knowing what you can handle and what you can't is a tremendous talent!
"I'M SURE YOU WILL DO A WONDERFUL JOB ON YOUR OWN"
Many times, people ask for help because they doubt their own abilities. Let the
other person know that you have confidence that they will succeed.
"I DON'T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THAT, SO I CAN'T HELP YOU"
Volunteering to help out shouldn't mean that you have to learn an entirely new
set of skills. Offer to help out with something you already know how to do.
"I'M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THAT"
You might be uncomfortable with the people involved, the type of work, the moral
implications -- this is a very respectful way to avoid a sticky situation.
"I HATE TO SPLIT MY ATTENTION AMONG TOO MANY PROJECTS"
Let people know that you want to do a good job for them -- but that you can't
when your focus is too divided or splintered.
"I'M COMMITTED TO LEAVING SOME TIME FOR MYSELF IN MY SCHEDULE"
Selfish, selfish, selfish! But in a good way! Treat your personal time like any
other appointment -- block it off in your calendar and guard it with your life!
"I'M NOT TAKING ON ANY NEW PROJECTS RIGHT NOW"
You aren't saying that you will never help out again -- just that you feel your
schedule is as full as you would like right now.
Sometimes it's okay just to say no! Just make sure that you say it in a way that
expresses respect and courtesy -- that leaves the door open for good relations.
Ramona Creel was the founder of OnlineOrganizing.com (now defunct).
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