I recently worked on, and I quote, an 'URGENT' job for a client on the other side of the Atlantic. In fact, the client lives in what I would imagine is an idyllic location in Florida. But I digress - to cut a long and painful story short, the said client took the work I had 'urgently' carried out for them - in fact, she happily took more than was originally negotiated and tried for more too. Once the work was in her hands, she promptly told me she was unable to pay for it - extraordinaire, as they would say in France, although there is another French word that springs to mind that begins with M.
What Does A Writer Do When a Client Tries it On?
Now it is one thing for a client to vanish without a trace after accepting work they ordered, but this has to be the first time I have come across a client who quite blatantly gets upset when I asked them to pay their account. In fact, the client tried to turn the tables on me, as the writer, and attempted to make me feel guilty for wanting to be recompensed. Extraordinary or what in any language?
Luckily over the years I have become a tough old cookie and will not accept being bullied by a client. There are some great websites around these days where you can report these people as 'BAD PAYERS' which means other writers can avoid falling into their traps.
Report Bad Payers & Have Done With It
Scam sites or ripoff sites are popping up all over the place and this includes a great copyright site which not only registers your work as your own - but checks it for plagiarism too. I use it all the time to register my work and if the client does not pay - I do not release the copyright. They use the work and Google picks it up a duplicate content - not good for the person who won't pay for the work and no 'skin' off my nose as the writer.
Register Your Copyright With SampleSafe
I follow a great lady writer and love her site which is called The Renegade Writer - she has a brilliant attitude to Bad Payers. Another great website is BizSugar and one post I really liked was titled 'Is Your Web Content Worth Less Than Horse Poop' - this is a brilliant read and I recommend that any serious writer should have a ogle at it and take what is said on board.
I am going to post the fact that I won the aforementioned 'URGENT' project and will publish the outrageous outcome of the whole sad story - the client was warned and as they say 'forwarned is forarmed' - this is one project I won that I wish I did not!
Author Honey Wood - The far north of Scotland where the skies are still big!