A client for whom I designed two logos – neither of which were ever paid for – contacted me two years after the completion of the projects to inquire upon my mailing address, saying that he was going to finally get around to paying for the work. I told him that it was okay, I had written off the projects from the books, and that I was not concerned about receiving payment for them any longer; it had been long enough, and I was not worried about it. Insistent upon restoring his good name, he wanted to make amends, and so I obliged and provided my mailing address at which the checks could be sent.
The checks never came.
Months later, he contacted me again saying that he wanted to make sure that he still had the correct mailing address. “This time,” he said, “I really intended to send the money. Again, I assured him that he did not need to pay. And again, he said that he felt obliged to pay. So I provided the address once more.
The checks still never came.
Another year passed – it’s now over three years since the original projects were completed – and the client contacted me with an RFP requesting for an entirely new project.
Obviously, I did not answer with a proposal.
Three days later, I received a text message that simply said: "Please respond. I love you.”
Love doesn’t pay the bills, buddy.