How to know when you have been shortchanged

When it comes to the general upkeep of your trading life (both personal and in business,) an observant eye can do all the work in helping you make sure everything goes as planned.

However, not all of us are the most aware, or able to schedule time making sure that all facets of the business deal have been carried out. This is because we often predict that the transaction will continue smoothly, and develop in a way that’s beneficial for both parties.

This is not always the case. From the very moment that you find you have been shortchanged or have otherwise been delivered an impractical result, then you need to take immediate action.

Sometimes this is obvious from the beginning yet painful to realize, such as using medical malpractice lawyers to prove that you have suffered as a result of incorrect treatment. Sometimes it means trying to ensure that your insurance company hasn’t been squeezing unnecessary money out of your for packages that you otherwise do not need.

There are many ways to prevent being shortchanged. What follows are but a few of these ways:


When it comes to stock, you must continually keep an inventory of your goods. This can encompass many things. From your general stock in the warehouse to the levels of cryptocurrency mining efficiency as promised with the PC graphical processing unit you had once purchased.

Taking inventories means constantly knowing exactly where you stand with your resources. It also means developing an intrinsic sense of value, meaning that when someone falls foul of a business deal, or you realize you’re paying over the odds, you can become much more discerning in how to reclaim that lost capital back.

This might mean heavy negotiations next time around or raising your prices the next time a business deal is made.


Tight budgeting, always, will keep you aware of how every penny is spent. This can be extremely useful when you have limited funding to work with. In the early days of running a firm, it’s likely that you have little wiggle room to make financial mistakes. This, coupled with the necessity to appeal to investors if they like your idea and wish to look over your books can be extremely helpful.

It also shows great initiative and understanding in how to build a business to make sure reasonable costs and fees are part of your outgoing revenue. When you’re shortchanged by the skillset an employee brings to the job, by the effective coverage of your insurance plans, or by the potential ineptitude of the IT systems you have installed, you will have a strong argument to demand compensation or to cut ties with the person or business relative to the money you have spent. It will also prevent these mistakes from continually being repeated, as when you’re hyper-aware of your finances, you are hyper-aware of the value they bring in.


When you’re insured against all potentially difficult outcomes, you have the strength of financial backing to accuse and demand those who have shortchanged you to make good on your arrangement. This is because if you show that you have made valid efforts to reclaim the costs, and you are well documented in these efforts, your insurance claims will have more credence. It also allows you to make more willing investments with those you consider trustworthy because if you are burned, your contents insurance or some other such transactional insurance will at least supplant some of the cost here. This works from business to medical to car insurance, so be sure to apply yourself liberally with these packages, but of course be sure that they in themselves aren’t unnecessary in the price and content they offer you.


Legal jargon is often difficult to understand and continually keep a mental tally of. This is why it’s so important to collaborate with a solid team of lawyers at your back. If you have the best advice, you have the best and most powerful means of progression, even if the options are looking limited.

With a framework such as this, you also understand the extent of the risk-taking you can achieve and recover from if things go wrong. For example, let’s say you’re a small business providing roofing work to clients in your local town. If a client decides not to pay for whatever reason, knowing the law around how to issue warnings, how to document your valid work, how to litigate and what evidence to collect will help you tremendously from day one of the business relationships, and it makes for a more mature firm.

With this advice, you will be more powerful in your ability to enforce fair play or be compensated for a lack of it.

We hope it helps.