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How to Deal With Clients Who Refuse To Pay.

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?
Share your best practices in the comments below.
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