I did some video work for a teacher at a nearby school. It was simple work for pocket money – I just needed to film a local football game. I eventually finished the filming and brought it to him.
Client: Great. Just so you know, I have to wait until the end of football season to end to be paid.
Football season finally ends and I go to collect my money, only to learn that he didn’t have it.
Client: I’ll have it for you at the end of the week.
End of the week:
Client: I’ll have it for you on Monday.
Turns out he was out of town Monday.
I asked around the next day; apparently, he was notoriously hard to find. It took me half a week to finally get in touch with him again:
Client: I’ll get it to you by Friday, no exceptions.
I finally got paid Wednesday of the next week.
I just did some math: I spent more time trying to get paid than I did filming the game.