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Dear Clairence,

Yes, it helped a lot, thanks! My expenses are ridiculously low, but the labor is onerous. Fortunately, that works in my favor - it's hard to get someone who will reliably show up and do dirty, sweaty, hard work on a beautiful Saturday at the beach. I am that person. :-)

I would someday like to have my own business. I am sort of viewing this as a little "starter-business." I have already had someone screw me out of money, so that's one lesson. And I had someone have unrealistically high expectations, so that was another. (who knew someone would complain about dust on top of a closet door?!?! In a summer cottage!?!?) I think the guilt trips and haggling over prices is the next one. (but then again I'm Catholic so it's very easy to make me feel guilty :-)

Thanks again, your reply was very helpful and informative.

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