Monday, August 10, 2009

Before you append your signature...

Gosh ,been wanting to blog for some days but it's been so busy. I'm on a two week project but it almost feels like i've been on it for ages. I have a number of things I really would love to talk about but ....

You have to stand for what you believe. Don't let yourself be cheated. Oh and I also learnt a lesson, no matter how well you know a person, a verbal agreement is never good enough in business. I embarked on the project because I had agreed the duration and I gave them my bill which was slashed a bit but it was ok. I kept asking for my contract but I didn't get it till the third or fourth day into the project.

To say i was shocked would be an understatement. In the morning, I got a call and I was told the pay had been slashed, I was like what! Why would you do that after I embarked on the project. Guy says it's beyond him, budget was slashed and i should decide what i want to do. I was so upset, I just had to tell him to end the call. Then I got the contract and they had merged two jobs into one and extended the length of my contract by two weeks, oh and by the way, one third of my pay was slashed.

My advice, always read a contract before you sign it. Never ever sign something you haven't read. It can get you in trouble. I got the contract and read every line, thank God I did. I used to be so careless about things like that. I was so mad after reading. Like, seriously, what are they thinking? Do they think I'm an idiot or some naive person.

I tried to calm down and called the guy aside, he was trying to fob me off and tell me how things change in production and how budget has been cut. I was like so, i should be your scapegoat? Well, I gave him back the contract and demanded that our agreement be put down in black and white or I was walking. I already knew I had lost some of the money.

I sent hubby a text and he came online, he advised to do things calmly and not shut the door and talked me through it. Gosh, that guy sure knows how to diffuse my fire and make me calm down. I should be blowing him kisses, my ever wise man who is always there for me...i digreee...

Anyway, the guy says ok, i'll talk to the boss and see what comes out of it. I said ok, i would appreciate that. I took hubby's advise and tried to be as calm as possible about things. Typical WF might have brought down the roof..lol..well not in the real sense...but erm 'cough, cough'.

Men, it's not good to be upset o, I instantly developed a headache while all that was going on. I managed to act normally till the end of the day. The following day, I got my contract back and oh yeah I got what i wanted with an explanation that the pay had to be cut because the budget was cut short. I had gotten most of what I asked for. It was a compromise but it was good enough. I was glad I demanded and got what I wanted.

Next time I'm doing a project, I'm definitely going to be signing the contract beforehand. I advise you do the same, people are always looking for someone to take advantage of, not me though.

Ok I gotta roll, I'm in the middle of coming up with a story with a group of people, writing it down and blogging at the same time while chatting to my friend on Gtalk. WF sure is the epitome of multitasking. lol

Have a good week everyone!

26 comments:

pink-satin said...

verbal agreement just dont cut it o..esp in business

doll said...

yea..just be calm..easy and rational

jhazmyn said...

Learnt that lesson a long time ago, and have not made that mistake ever again...Good thing you were satisfied with their revised offer

Sassy Trends said...

Good thing you had it all settled on pen and paper.
no mind these yeye contract people, they can turn one into mugu all of a sudden.
Thank God for literacy joor.

xxx

~Sirius~ said...

Whaaaat!

I'd be mad as ever.

I really hate it when people pull stunts like this.

It is well, everything happens for a reason, God knows this won't happen when those digits are in the millions!

Tyger said...

nonsense madness!


how dare them!

anyway glad to know you got it sorted

perhaps i'm the friends you were chatting with on gtalk? lol

keep it real darling!

later

goodnaijagirl said...

Thanks for the tips about doing business: the importance of a written contract, and learning the art of compromise.

I'm glad things worked out ok in the end...and I hope your headache is gone.

♥!

leggy said...

verbal agreement so sucks..ill sure remember ds.

NoLimit said...

Well done babes!
I'm proud of you...
When it comes to business and money...I don't care if you're my mother...We will need to spell it out in black and white!
I can't shout abeg!

BSNC said...

good advice. i don't read most of the thing i sign. i ll surel remember that now. every single line..

rethots said...

"I sent hubby a text and...he advised to do things calmly and not shut the door...." the very beauty (& essence) of marriage.

chayoma said...

Get everything down on paper, i always say,
signed, sealed and delivered.
Sweet how ur hubby always brings u down to earth :0

justdoyin said...

good advice...definitely a key one...my hubby usually insists on it n it saves us a whole lot of hassles...glad u got a better revised contract...cheers

Ms. Dufa said...

I've learnt something...Always read the fine print and No-No to verbal agreement. Glad you pulled through

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Splash said...

people just love to exploit people.
they call it *being sharp*. it's plain deception jare.

but... this good cuz you learnt a valuable lesson which is the import thing.

Tigeress said...

pele. we all learn from (our) mistakes. thanks for sharing. take it easy.

blogoratti said...

Be calm at all times,hard to do-but in the end you end up getting most of what you really want*
Agreements,like law is meant to be broken..

Have you any wool said...

Most people like to do things in a survival of the fittest kind of way. As in, duping every 'dupable' person. Mistakes do happen, and thank God we learn from them anyway

naijagirl said...

I am sorry you had to learn the hard way. verbal agreements no dey work nowadays, even for "family".

I read about nollywood artistes and why some were not used by Glo as ambassadors. The writer claimed Stella Damasus was dropped cos she wanted to read over the contract with her lawyers--smart move, but apparently Glo didnt think so. written contracts are good but most times, they are written in small letters or they come in bulky package, so much so that it discourages anyone to read it.

I am glad you got what you wanted.

Enkay said...

Yup! there's an issue now in hubby's family that has come up because stuff wasn't written down.

I'm like, seriously? But this is family! yeah right!
Once it's business or it involves money, mehn, put it down in black and white!

Pele jare! No one should ever make our WF "huff and puff" lol!

aloted said...

thank God all has been resolved.

meanwhile u don collect contract for that other job ur doing??? no come tell me story later on o...lol

LusciousRon said...

Proud of you! Always read a contract before you sign. That is why lawyers pore over documents for weeks before advising their clients.

Geebee said...

Hmmm, believe me, i just learnt a valuable lesson from this one. I remember i once signed 50% of my salary to an agent unknowingly and when the time came to settle ourselves, i wanted to strangle the guy. . . anyways, i did not give him a dime o. I settled him with 500 recharge card.

Bibi said...

dang, thats too bad. but i agree with your advice. i always read before i sign o! got this job recently and they wanted me to sign an agreement that i will work with them for 2 yrs. which was all well and good but the catch was that i would work for thjose 2 yrs on a base pay. i told them to shove their job. if i hadn't read the agreement, i would be stuck right now.

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