I’m a wedding singer, and have developed an efficient way of working over the years: payment is due 4 weeks before the big day. This secures their date and ensures I’m not going to do loads of rehearsal for nothing.
Recently, a couple booked me exactly 4 weeks and 1 day before their wedding. I explained that the balance would be due the following day and they understood. I sent the invoice and hoped for the best.
A week later, I’d heard nothing so I tried calling and the bride said she’d get straight on it. I also emailed the invoice again.
Another week later, still nothing. So I rang again but she didn’t pick up. I managed to get the groom’s number and rang him but he didn’t pick up, so I left a voicemail. They had asked me to learn a special song and I basically said that if I didn’t receive payment soon, there may not be time for me to invest money and time into learning it for them.
1.5 weeks before the wedding, I FINALLY get an email from the groom saying he’s paid… but he also had something else to say.
Client: I’m cutting your booked time and pay in half. We don’t like working with people who are so money hungry. I hope you’re as passionate about singing as you are about getting paid.
I sing for a living. It’s not being money hungry, it’s making sure I get paid for the work I do!