Thursday 31 October 2013

Pay up!

I've just been round Morrisons to do the weekly shop. When I got to the till, the cashier asked me for £43. 65. 
'Thank you,' I said. 'I'll come back in 30 days' time to settle up. Is that OK?'
'Certainly, madam,' she replied. 'Morrisons is more than happy with those terms.'
I wished her good day and continued on my merry way.

What actually happened, of course, was that I took out my Halifax card and paid up there and then. Seemed only fair, since they'd let me have all that food.

Can someone explain to me why I have to wait SO long for some of my customers to pay me? Not everyone; in fact, most of the people I work for are pretty good. But I did some work for a company that I invoiced on 8th August on the understanding that I would be paid at the end of September. Quite a long time to wait, but at least I knew what to expect.

I'm still waiting. When I rang this morning to see what the latest was, I was told that they only do a payment run on Fridays. So I'll get paid tomorrow then? Not necessarily. My invoice will be added to the payment run, but I won't get the money until next week at the earliest.

This seems very strange, given that it is a BACS payment and the money should, in theory, be transferred at the touch of a button. I'm getting a bad feeling about this.


  1. Having a husband who is self employed and relies on a steady cash flow I sympathise with your dilemma. It isn't fair! Hope you get your money next week.

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Over the years I've been pretty lucky and I know this is the price I pay for the freedom of self-employment - but even so...

  2. Wait til the money's in the bank (hopefully) then get it off your chest with your most poisonous pen, copy to the Post & Times.