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#1 posted 07-01-2010 01:58 PM

John, Probably one of the most frustrating things about this business. You spend hours designing, engineering, working out all the details and do detailed drawings to show them exacly what they will be getting (what any professional should do), only to take your drawings and will probably give them to some jack-leg that couldn’t design or draw a shoe box if he traced it and wonder why he will end up being cheaper then you. You already did a day and half’s worth of work. I’ve struggled with this frustration for 25 years, on one hand I feel that’s part of my service and that is what makes me stand out and it’s just part of the cost of business…........Untill I get a customer like that, then I wonder why the H__ I didn’t charge for my drawings! No easy answer there. Sounds like this customer got taken on a bad contract before and now they are over cautious. I usually tell a customer like that, if they check out my references and they still don’t feel comfortable working with me then I would recommend they don’t, because I’m going to be the same way. If I don’t feel comfortable, then I don’t want to work with “them”. That’s a two way street. I don’t charge for my drawings, but on the bottom of my proposals, it clearly states that the drawings are the property of “The Hufford Furniture Group” and can not be sold or used by others. It probably doesn’t stop someone from taking my drawings to someone else, but it might make them think twice….......and it makes me feel a little better! LOL.

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