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  • Ask questions to avoid unintended consequences

    I smile at this now but I wasn't smiling when it originally happened.  A group of bicyclists (me included) stopped off for breakfast at a restaurant.  Now let me say up front that it was a posh place.  Still, I presumed the menu to be a couple of bucks higher than what I usually spend on my rides when I sat down.  I was wrong.

    A fool will allow a situation to control him/her.  A wise person will ask questions and be prepared to take actions which will be difficult at times.  I had to learn a lesson.

    I sat down around an outdoor table with my cycling buddies.  Yes, I had an idea it was a "different" place by the surroundings and the way the waiters were treating us.  Even the bathrooms set a tone with rolled hand towels by the sink.  The menu came but I didn't understand it.  I could read the food but had trouble finding the price.  The description of the food seemed a bit high brow.  No problem.  I ordered a grilled ham, cheese and scrambled egg sandwich with water.  After I ate, I was presented the bill.  $9.00 plus a gratuity.  Someone had decided to order an appetizer for the group and my kick for everything wound up being $15.00.  My sandwich was o.k. but for me not in line with the price as it was a bit on the meager side (portion wise).  I paid for atmosphere.

    I learned that day to ask questions instead of having the situation control me.  From time to time those same riders and I will bring up that day and laugh.  Everyone felt the same way as I did but no one had the guts to say anything.

    Have the courage to ask questions instead of being surprised by the results afterwards.

    I make sure to let my clients know in advance how much my services are likely to be.  If I felt that way about a sandwich then I'm sure people want an idea of how much it's going to be for me to fulfill their business needs at my office.

    I am a CPA in San Antonio and provide bookkeeping, payroll, taxes and more.  We offer a free initial visit and look forward to serving your business needs.

    Richard J. Garcia | 12/13/2011