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Re: paying up front for work

Thank you all for such interesting answers. I think the way to go is to speak to the supplier about an account and use the CC as a back up. He was expecting small jobs (thinking that larger jobs go to larger firms). These larger jobs are good, of course, just unexpected so early on. But he's is a skilled craftsman and so far, so good. It does seems reasonable that potential clients want to know who you are and what you can do, especially when you come from outside. You have given me a good range of views to feed back.

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I had the same nonsense more than once in CH, of course most of the people arguing here get a salary paid in full about the 27th month & have never been self employed.
So true. I have been fortunate and only had a couple of non payers, and a couple who tried to haggle the price down after agreeing it, in 6 six years and its is a right royal pain. As are the people who think cancelling at a few days notice, leaving a diary hole that may or may not be filled and the resultant loss of income. I do know of sole traders who have almost gone under as a result, so can understand why a tradesmen would ask for a small element to be paid upfront.

So for every dodgy tradesman there are customers who will knowingly rip off a small trader, but not every person who may ask for a element up front is a rogue. If I were looking for a contractor I would focus on the reliability, honesty, and quality of the work/service he would provide, rather than question the integrity (or implied lack thereof) of a potential tradesman who for whatever reason choses to ask for an element of the agreed price upfront.
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