Getting paid can be a stressful thing, and can make some web developers/professionals do things that lack judgement.
Hereâ€™s an example:
I referred a videographer to a colleague of mine recently, to shoot a commercial for him. The videographer did a good quality job with the shoot.
But then he started demanding paymentâ€”after two days after the shoot. Now he wonâ€™t finish editing until he is paid.
Meanwhile, the client works with a $100 million corporation known for paying on time. But he canâ€™t pay for 30 days, as is customary.
But the client will never hire the videographer again, because of his approach to collecting his money. And I look like an idiot for referring this guy to himâ€”even though my experience has been more positive.
What should have happened here is:
– The videographer should have specified his payment terms up front as part of a written contract. Part of that contract should have included a clause for 25-50% paid up front before the shoot, Y% immediately after the shoot, and Z% after final delivery.
– The videographer should have been more professional and patient in insisting on payment. Two days is not a big deal. (I suspect that the videographer has been burned before, and so gets a bit paranoid about payment).
If you have had times when you want to react with emotion/fear/anger about payment, please first be sure that you have acted professionally to protect yourself and communicate with your client.
This article provided by sitepoint.com.