As a condition of a loan application, the bank asked a client for a letter from yours truly confirming her self-employment for the previous few years. This silly requirement has become rather commonplace these days and I have a semi-standard format I use for this purpose. This is what I supplied:
We are furnishing this letter to confirm that this firm has been engaged since approximately February of 1998 by Ms .............. to provide a variety of financial, accounting, and tax preparation services to her as an individual as well as to several business entities that she is both principal and owner of.
The Senior Loan Officer, who apparently went to public school in California and can't define principal or owner, sent another request asking for confirmation that my client is self-employed.
Big Sigh, maybe I'll use color crayons and blocks this time.