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There is a sad reality and this reality is that there are people – a lot of people – who will happily take advantage of every benefit you have to offer them, but when it comes time to pay up, they will refuse to do so. It hurts. It’s frustrating. They will have an excuse, of course, but the bottom line is, you are not getting paid.

What is strange is, these same people will happily ignore your phone calls, delete your emails, and spend the money they owe you on something else. The hypocrisy will make your head spin.
How to Deal With Clients Who Refuse To Pay.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but it happens. That is why when I overheard some guy screaming on the phone, “I did not do this work for free...” it got me thinking…

That is exactly what you DO NOT do when someone refuses to pay you. Our first reaction to getting stiffed is usually anger, and we often display that anger out of impulse…But if you want your client to settle their debt, you need a little more finesse.
THE PRINCIPLE THAT I NOW EMPLOY: I no longer do a service without the first two thirds of the total payment being made. I also never submit the final work without the client's final payment. In doing so, I remove from my list clients who give me work without making the actual payment. This has been one of the most liberating principle in my business.

Have you ever dealt with a client who just wouldn’t pay you for your work?
How did you handle it?
Did you successfully get them to pay you?
What did you do?
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Let’s start with your website. You’d think this would go without saying, but your website should absolutely come up as the first result when someone searches for you or your business. Follow these steps:

1. Make sure your business’ name is in the domain name. For example the name of my company is Oudneys Studios and I own www.oudneysstudios.com If you are a professional, such as a lawyer, you’ll need to own a domain for both your law firm and name. If your company name is Oudneys Studios then your website should be www.oudneysstudios.com. If your name is Oudney then your personal website name should be www.oudney.net Your business’ name should be mentioned on the homepage in words, not just the logo, since search engines can’t “read” images. It should also appear in the title tag of your website and in the meta description.

2. Mention your or your business’ name on the “About Us” page. This is where you’ll get the chance to explicitly state what your business does so the search engine can associate it with keywords that people are actually searching for, such as “Wed Designing" Write a 500-word description of yourself and your business. You’ll need this for the other listings anyway, so get it done now, put it on your website, then set it aside.
Great Steps to Take Today to Improve Your Google Search Results
3. Put the business’ name again on the "Contact Us" page. You’d be surprised how many people leave this off or bury it on a page that is hard to find. Make a separate "Contact Us" page where you again state the name of your business, then put the address and the phone number. In an era where more and more people are using their smartphones to look up numbers for businesses before calling them, your website should come up in seconds, and your phone number should be clear. If you’re a traditional brick-and-mortar business, including your address and phone number will help the search engines properly match up your website with business directory listings.

4. Now move on to the Facebook Page for the business. Your business should have a dedicated Facebook Page, if for no other reason than you have 10 slots to fill on Page One of Google, and each one should be one you can control. If you haven’t already, set up a Facebook Page here. Be sure to change the username of the page to the name of your actual business for which you’re trying to rank. You might need to have 25 people as fans before you do this, so make a note and go back to http://facebook.com/username once you do. This is important because until the Facebook username is changed, the search engines are unlikely to associate the business with its page.

Of course, there are many other things you’ll need to find, claim and update so that you are in charge of your Google results. Putting a little time into this every day is a necessary part of your business, so don’t put it off!

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In every freelancer’s life, there are times when we’ll happily do a job gratis. Perhaps it’ll make a good folio piece, get our foot in the door of a new industry, or give us the kind of work experience we’d relish.


But there are other times when, although you feel like you probably should do a free job, the idea doesn’t sit well with you. Whether it’s a friend or an organization that wants you to complete work for no financial reward, you may find yourself inclined to take the job in spite of your gut instinct — possibly for the reasons I mentioned above.
Important Reasons Why I Stopped Doing Jobs For Free.
Doing a free job is a big undertaking, so if you’re not 100% sure you want to do it, don’t. And if you need convincing, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t do that job for free.

1. You may not be able to give it the time it needs.
Paid work always takes precedence over unpaid projects. So if you’re juggling paid work with an unpaid gig, it can be difficult to prioritize the unpaid job when paying clients need help. In short, it can be hard to commit to unpaid work when others will happily pay.

Over time, the fact that you’re likely to prioritize paid work may well show in your product. The free project’s final outcome may not be as good as you’d hoped — or as good as it might have been if you’d been paid for your work.

2. You could spend the time finding paid projects.
If you don’t have a lot of projects on the go, you can wind up telling yourself that, in lieu of paid work, you should do a free gig since it’ll make a good folio piece.

That may be true, and this factor can be a tough one to weigh up. But if you work out, roughly, the time you’d spend on the free gig, then consider all the other project-hunting tasks you could undertake in that timeframe, you may decide your time is better spent building a paying client base.

3. This project may be bigger than it seems.
In my experience, unpaid work has tended to be less clearly defined than paid work. When they approach you, the non-paying client may not be certain about the boundaries of the work or what they require of you.

Many people who have asked me to help with unpaid projects have turned out to be expecting me to invest time in the initial phases — project definition, scope, and so on, though they never mentioned this in our initial discussions.

I’ve learned from those experiences that when my time doesn’t hold a dollar value for the client, they expect access to much more of it. Unpaid projects can swiftly balloon into time-wasters. And once you’ve gone along with that status quo for a while, it can be a challenge to tell the client that you can’t justify spending any more time on their job.

4. Unpaid projects often eat into your personal time.
This goes for the client as well as for you. If your non-paying client doesn’t have money to invest in their project, they’re unlikely to spend time that they could dedicate to generating income on the project. And you may well feel the same way.

That means that a project for which you’re not getting paid can soon eat into your free time after work hours, on weekends, and during public holidays. Suddenly you realize that you’re sacrificing your precious personal time — the most valuable time of all — to complete a project for no pay!

5. Clients can undervalue the project outcomes.
Clients who don’t pay for project inputs may be less likely to value those inputs. This may mean that, months down the track, you’re still waiting for your hard work to see the light of day, as your client prioritizes other, possibly paying, projects over the one you contributed to.

If you took on the project because it would give you something new and exciting to show off to your clients and associates, this can be extremely frustrating. But, since human beings are generally less likely to value something that comes free of charge than something they’ve paid for, delays in production and release, or poorly executed promotion of the end result, can be more likely to occur on projects you’ve completed for free. And sadly, there’s not often much you can do about it but hope.

Those are five very sound justifications for not taking the next unpaid job that you don’t think you really want to do. Do you have others you can share?

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