June 4th, 2010 by Alex Coté
As a freelancer or independent consultant the last thing you think about is getting paid. It’s usually all about selling your skill set and experience to a potential client. The assumption is that your new, often much larger, client is capable of paying your invoices in a timely manner. While this might be true, there are plenty of examples out there to the contrary. Here are some quick tips to protect you against getting stiffed by a client.
If you follow all of these precautions and still don’t get paid, you can sue your client. Most small claims courts allow you to represent yourself in court. Small claims court is also very informal making it accessible to anyone. And don’t be shy about using the above websites to share your experience with others – your rating could save another fellow freelancer.
I’m not a lawyer so here is the standard warning: The recommendations set forth herein are not a substitute for legal advice. You should speak to an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction if you wish to obtain legal advice about these matters.
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