Choke on it.
Client note on late PayPal payment
You can’t seriously expect me to pay this invoice now. It’s been well over 30 days since you last reminded me!
After 100 days of delinquency and two reminders.
We have a guerilla approach to the budget.
I create two logos and two business cards for a start-up company at 60% below my normal rate. They realize I am working at a lower rate and they were kind enough to say they appreciate it and that they love my work.
After delivery, they promise to send out the paycheck before they leave the country for two months.
Three weeks pass. I email them asking where the check is. They ask their assistant to send another. Another month passes. I ask again where the check is. No response. Four ignored emails later, they say their assistant is now on vacation.
After I threaten late fees, they contact me two months later to meet up for payment. But, once we actually meet, they try to haggle my price. Wanting to get rid of this client, I actually settle for less. They agree and say they look forward to working with me in the coming weeks.
Then they realize they “forgot” their check book. They say they will meet me tomorrow to pay me. A time is set up.
They just cancelled saying they are stuck in a meeting.
I was working as a freelance web developer. I signed a contract with a client for an hourly rate because he changed the project requirements often and I saw big red flags each time the client discussed his requirements with me.
Client: Please sign the new contract I sent. It’s identical to the last contract we signed, but I had to change it to show my new company name. I need you to start working this afternoon; I’ve already missed critical deadlines!
I sign it on rightsignature. It’s the seventh new contract, due to the client’s constantly changing company name, project requirements, and schedule.
A few hours later, I notice a discrepancy in the contract.
Me: I signed contract on rightsignature, but after reading it word for word, I cannot agree to work under the terms of your newest contract. You changed the payment terms to be “per project.” I can only agree to hourly payment terms due to the shifting project requirements.
Client: Oops, sorry! I sent you the contract I have with another developer. Ignore it and we will work with the last contract we signed.
I worked for a few months and often convinced the client to stop changes because of the costs for my hourly rates. I was paid on time and as agreed for the first few months.
Some time later, I noticed my payment was not deposited and the client was giving me a new excuse each time I reminded him his payment was overdue. I was in the final phase of the project and working very long hours - it was going to be completed any day. However, the client was taking up a lot of my time talking about how all his other developers left him for no reason and other odd personal drama stories.
With the project being so close to completion, I knew I could be done with all of this drama if I stood my ground and insist I was paid what I was owed. The client’s excuses for not paying me started to get stranger and more comedic, e.g. the bank made a mistake, the client was sick, the client forgot, the client would pay tomorrow, etc.
I stopped all work and the client actually started crying on the phone with me as he begged me to just finish the work that night so that he could pay me the next day. I refused. The client owed me for more than five weeks of pay at this time.
I finally hired a paralegal to help me mediate with the client and to help get the money I was owed for my work.
The client suddenly changed his story and told the courts that he expected me to pay him $50k because I did not complete the project according to that contract that he previously told me he was going to delete off of rightsignature. The client screamed "you are a liar” in the court room, put on a very dramatic show and told stories about how he was very generous when he did pay me for my work.
He’s now suing me for $50k, with his brother-in-law as his lawyer. Please, learn from my mistake.
I was on contract for a start-up operation. While doing a budget for a big and important client-to-be, the owner pushed me to offer a series of discounts in order to catch the client.
I insisted him that the discounts were crazy and that he might end up losing some money if any obstacles arose during the event. He told me that it didn’t matter as long as he got the client, because he would earn money back on following contracts.
After finishing the project, I sent the owner my invoice. Here’s what I got back:
Client: You know, the budget was so tight that we lost some money producing this event, so now we don’t have enough money to pay your fee. We’ll take your fee as compensation for spearheading a project had us lose money. Wish you well!
Will you need to be paid in currency?
So this client asked me to come over so I could work in the same office as her. I told her that, because she lived extremely far away, it could get really expensive really fast.
Still, she wanted me to come over, so I did. It went as well as working a foot away from your client can.
Once she received my invoice, she rang me up.
Client: How come I have to pay so much?
Me: Because I had to travel such an obscene distance to get to you.
Client: But this is a lot more expensive than I thought it would be.
Me: I warned you beforehand that it was going to get this expensive.
Client: But I thought, because you’re just starting out, you would ask a severely reduced price…
Me: I explicitly told you how much I would ask for prior to doing so.
Client: How was I supposed know you would stick to that?
Look, my main goal in life is to keep feeding my three kids and a fat wife that likes to eat like an elephant. So if you can lower your rates, I can work with you and still do that.