So – Where Does It Hurt a Bad Paying Client?
Public relations is something all successful businesses and companies need to have in place – today the speed with which a bit of bad PR can hit the news is quite frightening. But it is also a very useful tool for writers who have to chase clients for their money.
If a client is quick to offer excuses not to pay a bill but slow to come up with the readies, then a nice 'little tweet' about them will work wonders – don't mention the bad payers by name - to begin with anyway – simply say something like 'unbelievably a company in Western Australia is giving me grief over a payment'. This is the first step in creating an embarrassing phase of bad PR for the company – and it works a treat. After all – what company in the virtual world today wants any bad press!
If at first you don't succeed – then try and try again. Each time you need to raise your game and then report any bad paying clients to writers' websites and scam sites in the country the client operates out of.
Protect Your Work – Register Your Copyright
It goes without saying that you need to 'vet' your clients before you write any articles, copy or content for them. But this is not always possible. This means you need to take the necessary steps to protect your hard labours and you can do this by registering your work with a copyright site like SampleSafe.
If any of your work remains unpaid – it still belongs to YOU. Until you have got your dosh in the bank from a client – the copyright remains yours and this means you can publish, sell or use your work any way you wish to and if the client threatens you – all the better because they are in the wrong.
So, remember if you come across a bad paying client – don't give up instead take your boxing gloves off and hit them where it hurts! It is not only very rewarding to get paid for the work you have provided but the whole process can be extremely cathartic too!