The megalomaniac client I wrote about the other day - who was trying to cheat his one employee out of a few dollars raise while we all work in his mansion and he goes off on the river to jet ski - wrote back to me on Friday and said "Oh, don't worry, I just hadn't thought it through. "Come in super early Monday because I have a 1 PM appointment" - he knows I don't sleep well and have a hard time getting out of the house - "and we'll work through it." So, sure as shooting I go in at 9:00 - battled cross-town traffic and 4 school zones to get there - he's in his hot tub. Then he does his stretches. Then he gets dressed. He pops into the office at 10:25. Then he's on the phone doing his own stuff, and I go off to the bathroom, and come back through his office (the only way to get to my desk) past the printer. He has e-mailed himself and is printing up a note that says "Witzend -in" and a time. I know what he's doing because he did this to his one other employee that ticked him off before he fired him. Excuse me? I'm not his employee! I'm a business-woman! He's a client! Does he really want me to bill him for every moment that I'm there? Should I start going by the 100ths of the hour? Shall I start billing him for every time he emails me at home will stuff he could do himself at the office? I think he doesn't want to go there. Then he has 30 minutes before we go over the weekly jobs progress chart. He's also eating his lunch. I type into it as they all watch me on his 60 inch HD tv. Every time a note needs to be made, he says "Don't make it now! I don't have time for you to take a note now!" And he's out the door. Nothing about wages for the other guy. Nothing about nothing. I do what I have to do, knowing that he'll be back after 1, and try to get out of there. But I realize that there is one more thing I have to file with the state before the end of the day. I'm going full-tilt boogie. Mind you, our agreement was that I would give him 8 - 12 hours a week, and I never take a lunch or break because I just want to GTFOOT! Of course, as soon as he walks back in the door at 2:30, he chooses the most vague thing we went over on the jobs sheet and wants to know if I've done it? No. "Why not, I told you I wanted you to do that!" "Because I've been incredibly busy and that's the one thing I haven't gotten around to." Now mind you, this thing he wanted me to do is: "Mark from Doug Neal called and wants us to work on all of their buildings. Find out what he wants." I've never heard of "Doug Neal" and there are a million "Mark"s. "What company?" "I don't know." "What buildings?" "I don't know." "What kind of work?" "I don't know. That's why I want you to call him." Why the ---- would he want someone like me who knows nothing specific about what we do to call a new client to talk to them about what they want when I don't know what we do?" I'm going to have to take him to neutral territory if I can - not if I can't - and explain to him that I would be happy to continue to do his payroll and pay his bills, but I'm I won't do the office work anymore. If he prefers I can quit altogether today, or I will give him two weeks to hire someone to learn that they can train. He can hire a 90 day probationary employee, he doesn't have to give them a lifetime commitment if they don't work out. But I am SO done! Seriously! He's going to track my time? I don't think so! Do some work your da--ed self!