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I sold them clicks on my sites for several years. One thing I am considering doing right now is to create a page on one of my sites optimised for the name of their company, and perhaps writing of how they do not pay their bills.
I absolutely don't want to do this, or go to court (which would be pricey) but if telling the world they don't pay their bills gets them to pay up it might be the best option.....
I would avoid any attempts at "unorthodox" methods or attempts at revenge - it could bring a lawsuit down on you, and it could wreck your professional reputation.
Have you documented your relationship?
Have you signed terms and conditions?
have you recorded (inwriting) all phone calls and their esponses?
Do you have copys of letters sent to them?
If you have then you may well have a strong case, id recommend going to see a lawyer that specialises in this sort of case, dont be afraid of going to court.
I didnt follow it up - too much time and effort for little reward. Other who were owed by him took legal action and had a stressful time - they never got anything in the end and they moaned abot it for months.
Is it worth it to you?
Send them an invoice with a due date and state that if the money is not received by that date you will file a claim in small claims court to collect. If you don't get the payment, don't ask again. File the claim and notify them that you have. At this point, they may very likely decide to pay you.
You'll lose about 30% of the invoice but the factoring company pay you and then take on the debt.. nto sure if they do retrospective though - worth a look.
Good luck - screw the b**tards I say. Sometimes it's about principle.
Although in this case, you may not want them as clients ever again, something to keep in mind: a client may be late once on a payment. However, they may still be a client in the future... that is, if you treat them well.
Also include a "Without prejudice" line.
Double register it.
I would be curious to ask why they do not want to pay it? Do they have a beef with you or your work? If so you may want to negoiate partial payment. They may be the ones advertising your bad business practises.
Free thoughts .....
Also give them the option of paying you the $2000 they owe you ASAP or terms of $500/mo or something + interest. Sometimes money is just tight and they want to pay... but if you gave them payment terms they might happily accept it.
[edited by: lawman at 4:42 pm (utc) on Nov. 10, 2004]
[edit reason] Recommending Extortion Is Against TOS & Foo Charter [/edit]