Bill Sample / December 9, 2018 / Inez Nielsen
Have you taken your pet to the vet recently? Chances are if you did you spent a lot of money! Quality pet care isnt cheap--but we all know how important it is for the health of our four-legged family members. Today were blessed with many diagnostic tools and procedures that werent available years ago. Problem is all these advancements come with a large price tag. And pet owners are often caught in the middle. They love their pets like family members but sometimes cant afford to take them to the doctor or pay for life-saving procedures. As a veterinary technician its one of the hardest things I have to deal with on a daily basis. Here we are with all the tools and skills available to help a pet but the owner simply doesnt have the funds to pay.
Have you ever taken your car to the shop and said "Gee I dont have money to pay for that new transmission. Can I float you a loan?" or gone to the supermarket and said "Sorry I dont have enough money for this cart full of food. Can I pay you later?" It sounds harsh but veterinarians have businesses to run just like everybody else. And too many with good intentions and big hearts have gotten burned by offering "credit" or "payment plans" to non-paying clients. The result? Its virtually impossible to find a veterinarian willing to offer services today with payment tomorrow. Lets face it quality vet care isnt cheap. Think about it though--would you want it to be? Because if it was cheap--Id be worried. Because it would be your pets health that had to suffer! So how can pet owners save money on their veterinary bills? Pet insurance is one answer but there are many other tips that pet owners simply dont know about it.
The same can be said of a sample contract. If nothing bad ever happens the sample contract is fine. But if a problem occurs it may not work out so well. When starting your new business no one wants to think about things going wrong but unfortunately in this business things do go wrong and we all need to be covered by a comprehensive contract when this happens. It may not be anything you did wrong and it may not even be anything the provider did wrong but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. If you do use a sample contract and then two years later find yourself in court with a former client you are going to wish you had looked into writing the contract a little more. Just having a contract doesnt cover it. You need to make sure the contract is very specific to your company.