Working at Home Pitfalls

OK, this morning I’m paying bills - I do the books for my wife’s vet clinic.  Checks come three per page, so if you print three at a time it’s easy.  However, we have eight people who get paychecks, so I had one left over.  So I set up a page with one check taped to the top, and then a sheet of three checks, and pay four bills.  My son and daughter are upstairs eating breakfast, but are making noise.  I click to print the checks and get the next window, but Will is hollering that “I’m done, I’m done”.  I had to go upstairs and settle things.  When I got back downstairs, I had lost my place.  I was in fact at the critical point where I tell Quickbooks that my first page only has one check on it, but I forgot this and just hit the print button.  So only two of my four checks print properly, and I have 2/3rds of a sheet left over.  So I tape this partial sheet on a piece of printer paper and try again.  I just keep getting paper jams, till the printer finally eats the two checks.   So now I decide to pay another bill so I have three checks to print, and can just feed in a sheet of three.  Unfortunately, the old print job is still in the print buffer, so it prints wrong.  I had to do it again.   So a process that would have taken two mouse clicks to finish had I not been interrupted took 45 minutes of hair-pulling.  I can see why working at home is discouraged sometimes.

3 Responses to “Working at Home Pitfalls

  • 1
    June 18th, 2010 21:13 There are strange things going on because I get into the same problems and I don’t have anyone to detract me. I wonder why????
  • 2
    June 18th, 2010 21:40 Arrggh, lol. Times like that ya wish you did it all the old-fashioned way of putting pen to paper/checks, huh? ;P
  • 3
    June 19th, 2010 00:40 Laura, the administrator at the Center when I was there, used to tell me (when I needed the Center to write a check for some reason) that she “cut checks” on the 15th and 30th. I always wondered why writing checks was such a big deal to her, why she couldn’t just scribble out one when I needed it. Now I understand.

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