How come no one has thought of this sooner?
As a freelancer, it comes at the worst time. You’ve been working your tail off on this seemingly great project. There’s an end in sight — a great deliverable and that momentous occasion where you hand off your project and receive payment for all of your hard work.
Except what happens when that payment never comes?
Sometimes there’s legal backlash, small claims court, unanswered emails and phone calls. Sometimes the freelancers write it off as a business loss. Even so, they never forget.
I remember having to call and email some of these deadbeat clients when I was incredibly ill with bronchitis and laryngitis. I needed money to go see the doctor. I could barely get out of bed. In between the four deadbeat clients I think I wrangled together about $50, barely enough to fill a tank of gas to head over to the clinic. Despicable. This isn’t tolerated anywhere else.
So enter the World’s Longest Invoice…for all deadbeat clients. I’m sad to say that I contributed to roughly $7,150 to that invoice for various clients I’ve had that have ran off with my work, only to have benefited from it while leaving their loyal designer in the dust. Perhaps it was partially my fault for not being as aggressive or threatening legal action, but I’d really prefer to just spend my time working on projects for clients who understand my value and respect my profession. Oh, and don’t think you’ll skate with my work for too long. Karma, baby. That’s all I have to say.