Everyday we take for granted basic services that are provided to live, work and play. However, when we lose electricity, we suddenly realize how valuable those services are. There are also professional services that individuals attend college or trade schools  in order to become successful.  Yet many people feel that if they know an attorney, accountant, a chef, and even an auto mechanic that if they are in a social setting, they can ask for free advice.  They seem to think that their professional services are valuable but that they, because they are familiar with them or possibly a friend, should receive that assistance for free.  Professions, regardless of what they are, required studies, effort and money to pay for the schooling.  It is really unthinkable that people ask for free advice rather than go to their workplace and pay the rates.  These people have bills and have to earn a living as well.  Recently, an attorney I know did legal work for a woman who is his friend and a minister.  Her work is always complicated and in no way ever easy.  He sent her an invoice, albeit, for about half of what any other attorney would charge.   It was quality work and by no means a cut and dry template where you simply fill in the blanks.  She sent him a check for less that one fourth of the bill and told him that was what his services were worth.  She said, in the note, that she had checked around with other attorneys.  If that was really true, she would have been told the cost was more than double his original invoice.  Needless to say, he no longer considers her his friend.  She blatantly lied because she really didn’t want to pay for the work.  The next time she calls for work she will be refused.  In effect, she cheated him and insulted him telling him that he was worth little or nothing.  The original bill for was three hundred fifty dollars or Euros.  She only paid one hundred.  The staff was furious.  People really should consider that all services have a value and it’s not what the payee feels it is as often they are wrong.  In the Good Gus Series, many of the services were bartered although some were paid in money.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you feel your services are not being appreciated, take time for yourself and read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.