client was a wedding floral designer who was also a friend of a friend. She
agreed to my price and signed a contract. It was early in my career and I made
the mistake of not having her make a partial payment before I started.
designed a logo, letterhead, business cards, and a few other things for her. As
soon as everything was all finished and delivered:
Why don’t we work out a trade, since we’re friends?
How about I give you $600 worth of flowers and we call it even?
Me: What would I do with $600 worth of flowers?
refused and then she quit answering my calls and ignored my letters demanding
one point her husband came to my house and tried to leave two gigantic
arrangements on my porch that were wilted and clearly left over from a wedding.
I just happened to see him leaving them and I told him “No way” and I made him
put them back in his car. She eventually paid me, but not until I had an
attorney threaten her with legal action. It cost a lot, but it was worth it and
I learned my lesson about partial payments up front.