Pay up. Thanks.

Girl gets a last minute freelance gig from a company needing work done in a jiffy.
(Girl is told the other designer went AWOL.)
Girl accepts monetary amount for emergency work on faith and is backed up by a digital paper trail.
Girl gets the work done and submits.
Girl is told that the work fulfils the needs of the brief.

Girl then gets told that the whole project has gone hella sour.
No one returns girl’s emails or invoices. Girl is avoided and unpaid- for months.

Girl is getting legal help in the matter because she fulfilled her end of the bargain and has the digital paper trail to prove it.

Girl doesn’t work for free.

If the company that owes me money is reading this, I am getting legal help. Don’t let this get ugly and just pay me what you owe. (Goodness knows you’ve had plenty of reminders…)

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6 thoughts on “Pay up. Thanks.”

  1. Hey Jen,

    I’ve had this sort of crap happen numerous times. Last time the company claimed they’d misread the email where I gave them a quote of the number of hours the work would require. Work done for them to pitch to a huge client, then they cry poor claiming it was more than they’d receive for the job.

    It’s a typical attitude, push your mistakes onto others less able to afford, or fight them.


  2. Yeah. They’ve had emailed invoices and mailed ones too. Not a peep. (It’s not like it’s a huge amount of money either, but it would more than cover a month’s rent. That matters to a freelancer!)

    I trusted them because I’d met their most public face at a geek dinner and she was really interested in working with me. I never got around to giving her sample code, but then out of the blue they needed my design skills for a series of blog layouts (on a weekend). I kept up my end of the deal but the relationship they had with the MAJOR client went bad. Not my problem.
    I spoke on the phone with the major client and it was clear that the briefing interpretation was not my fault but a problem of the company who hired me in. I was in unfortunate cross-fire.

    Not everyone in this mess is crappy; the person (a freelancer) who pulled me into the project is really cool (except she’s stopped responding lately too…) and I hate to have her in the middle of this, but the company that pays her (but hasn’t paid me) needs a slap. I deserve to be paid for my services.

    What really pisses me off that their company name is on so many blog rolls as some kind of industry voice but when you look at Companies House, they’re dormant. Seems terribly fake and dishonest. I wish I’d known that before getting mixed up with them. I wonder how many people out there would link to them if they stopped reading the RSS hype coming from them and noticed they aren’t really an active business. They talk the talk, but there is no walking at all.

    So irritating.

  3. Thanks Kev. Me too.

    Perhaps their other designer didn’t go ‘AWOL’ but rather refused to get burned… seems more logical than AWOL.

    I suppose if a job needs done that badly (and quickly) then it is in everyone’s best interest to sign an agreement. I didn’t even think about it because I’d met them face to face socially. I suppose you could say that I’ve learned my lesson…
    Trust is such an easy thing to maintain, yet so simple to break. 🙁

  4. Well if it’s any consolation, this is the only time I’ve been burned. Granted, my freelance career is short compared to my ‘workin for the man’ life, but I don’t believe people suck like this normally. Here’s who is ignoring my invoices. I certainly would caution anyone who accepts work from their company. (They are dormant remember… that means no money coming in.)

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