Yes, I’m aware of the date. No, this post is not a joke. In fact, it’s as serious as they come.
I couldn’t resist doing a post about “fools” on April Fool’s Day. After all, there are so many ways clients can make fools out of us freelance bloggers.
Sometimes we play the fool when a client refuses to pay. Other times, we’ll be made a fool when a client keeps piling on work that we didn’t sign on for. Or maybe, you’re that sad fool whose had the misfortune of working for an abusive client? Ah, yes… the saddest fool of all, perhaps.
Well, it’s time to take a cue from Cinderella and become “Nobody’s Fool.” (Feel free to play that song in the background while you read this to get in the proper mindset).
The Client Who Makes You a Fool by Not Paying
This is one of the most common ways a client can make a fool out of a freelance blogger. It happens, on occasion, to even the best, most established freelance bloggers. It’s nothing to be ashamed of… but it is irritating as all get out.
The first step is not to panic, or let rage consume you. You absolutely must stay calm.
From there, try resending your invoice, with a little reminder that it’s past due.
Still no response? Then it’s time to send your client a carefully-worded e-mail about the situation.
Try something like: [Read more…]