Net Worth Week 53 – Maintenance Edition

Gentle Readers,
Monday I saw a play with a friend. Last night I had dinner with another friend. Today, I am meeting up with two different college friends. Neither of whom were planned before yesterday. I had brunch at my friends’ house last weekend and have plans with humans not my office for both days this weekend. I am doing a good job of maintaining friendships this month. It’s a lot though. I need to get some more things done. Always seeking balance.
I’ve had two different meetings with potential clients and another client may finally provide me with the final details so I can finish his case. My business will support itself for a few more months on this money.
I know I am behind on self-employment taxes and will pay the penalty, but I just couldn’t get to it by March 15th. I paid myself so little that I am hopeful that this learning experience will be worth the fee.

This week’s net worth numbers

4/7/2016 4/14/2017
 Joy 1105 1105
 Travel 1 1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 45 45
 Moving 285 285
 EF 11 11
Business 1002 1002
Life 639  518
 IRA  12736  12645
 Brokerage 689  682
 Rewards Card 2 -585 -1138
 CC (largest) -3264  -3227
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card -1331 -1231
SL 1 -104519 -104375
 SL 2 -46041 -45976
 Earnest -5274 -5285
 Net Worth -144460 -144811
 Percentage Change .07 % -.24%

Are you ready for tax day?

Net Worth Week 50 – It Might As Well Be Spring

Gentle Readers,
So sleepy this week. I’ve been working hard in my own business and getting OT at the gig. I’m trying to get more than ten hours of OT this week especially since I will miss a day each in the next two weeks because I get to see my girlfriend in person for the first time since she moved! All of the happy dancing!
I had a free appointment to see if I am a candidate for a cheaper version of invisalign. My dentist wants me to wait at least six months after my wisdom tooth extraction regardless, but I wanted to collect the data. I don’t fully understand why this version is significantly cheaper than traditional invisalign. I am waiting to hear from my friends to hear about their experience of this company. To be continued.
My company is stonewalling me about the W2 and I’m still waiting for a K-1 from an investment. Sigh.
I’m getting more and more excited about my skill-building classes. My progress feels like it is tipping over into the exponential realm

This week’s net worth numbers

3/17/2017 3/24/2017
 Joy 1105 1105
 Travel 1 1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
 Health 45 45
 Moving 284 284
 EF 11 11
Business 1002 1002
Life 342 994
 IRA  12812  12693
 Brokerage 694  684
 Rewards Card 2 0 -301
 CC (largest) -3500  -3500
 CC (longest) 0  0
 Rewards Card -1252 -1302
SL 1 -104172 -104288
 SL 2 -45883 -45936
 Earnest -5704 -5716
 Net Worth -144174 -144183
 Percentage Change .46% -.01%

How has Spring Sprung in your neck of the woods? We’re in a cold front and anticipating.


Treat Your Employees Well – The Easiest Investment

Gentle Readers,

My full-time gig has been up to some shenanigans lately, and that is directly impacting me. They’ve compounded their errors. They’ve made themselves bad employers. They will lose a good employee.

I filed my taxes on May 17th. I run a small business and have investments in a friend’s small business, and an IRA, but the problem came from one of my 3 W2 employers last year.

Agency X never sent my W2 to me. I informed them as soon as it was reasonable. I gave them time for mailing. They ignored my email. I emailed every week until May 17th to force them to fix their error.

In the middle of last year I had moved jurisdictions and they never updated. They mailed my Personally Identifiable Information to a stranger. Then ignored me. They took my taxes out for the wrong jurisdiction, and ignored my emails.

I had to file for an extension when they finally believed me that they were in error. I had to repeatedly ask them how they were going to handle the breach of my security. Finally, after the filing deadline, they agreed that I could pay for Lifelock and they would reimburse me.

No apologies for messing up my taxes. No apologies for ignoring me. And now I have to wait for their accounts payable to handle my receipt.

Then, last week their contractor informed me that I needed to perform work tasks for no pay. I asked my Agency how this could be legal. They ignored me.

They continue to ignore me. I decided to wait to see how the family emergency went before telling my agency to take me off this project. Honestly, I expected them to acknowledge my email informing them that I did not know when I would return due to the nature of the emergency.

Nada. Zilch. Nothing.

A simple, standard, “I hope you are ok, and let us know when you’ll return,” would have made an enormous difference.

It is now Monday, and I have heard nothing. I sent them the Lifelock bill. I’ll show up to work tomorrow, but I will not do work for which I am not paid. I am not currently planning on sending another email to let them know that I do not perform work for free. I will just continue performing the work for which I am paid until they tell me to stop.

There are other gigs. There are gigs that treat you decently. I am a good worker. I take my jobs seriously. It will be difficult to consider working for this agency ever again. This is just too many errors. The biggest error being the failure to communicate.

They will waste a month getting someone to replace me. A bad choice, when paying me the 2 or 3 hours to perform the work would ensure that they can finish their project on time.

Have you ever waited to be fired after having done everything right?