“Furthermore, as freelancer you know that the routine for payments is this: sending a bill is your task and me paying it within the timeframe is mine. If I fail to do that, you must send another bill and another one until i can pay. This is normal business method, done millions of times a day all over the world. The fact that previously I paid bills with legal tender and on-time was a grand gesture on my behalf.”—a client’s reply to an inquiry about an unpaid bill
After creating a contract for a painting, the ‘client’ had this to say:
Me: Okay, the contract is attached. Please review and sign.
Client: I don’t like this. I am MORE than a client. I am the principle artist. You have to change this in the contract. You are only an illustrator and I’m the one that came up with the idea anyways. If anything, you should be paying me for my ideas.
A few minutes after sending a text message to a client explaining that the work wasn’t finished, I received a phone call from him asking if I was upset. Re-reading my message I realized why he received that impression:
Me: I just finished creating the video tutorials from the user side. I will do the damn video tutorials tonight.
Client: Hi, I’m about to get on a plane and won’t be in touch the rest of the day. There’s a new project that I’ve got someone handling, they’ll call later on and let you know what’s needed. They need to check with some guys over the weekend to get all our ducks in a row, but then we should be good to go.
Me: Well, Ok. What’s the deadline on this?
Client: Literally, immediately.
Me: I’m visiting my parents this weekend - I wouldn’t be able to start until Monday.
Client: I find it hard to believe you don’t have some free time before you leave.