Have you ever had a client decide NOT to pay you?
When it happened to me, I took it as a personal insult. Mainly because the “client” was a nonprofit group, and I was one of the founding members. So, it was a bigger issue for me: I had close to three years of time and energy invested in it.
Even if your clients have always paid so far, there are some lessons in my story every freelancer should heed…
Determined to get paid, I ultimately ended up filing a case in small claims court. With a court date on the calendar, I was confident that I would finally get paid now. But a funny thing happened on the way to the court date.
There was no appearance at the local courthouse to see justice in action. Instead, I ended up on a whirlwind 24-hour adventure, involving two plane flights, on-call chauffeured limousine service, a day and night of hard rock, and several hours of one-on-one time with a real jaguar.