On April 11, I sent an invoice to one of my client companies. On May 5, I got a text message promising payment the following week. Since then, I’ve heard nothing from anyone in that company. They are not returning emails or phone calls. They have a history of not paying their employees: last year, at least two of their past employees sued them for non-payment.
I think I will give them another week, then publish all details here. They will be in great company with the other deadbeat mentioned earlier. When I get paid by a client, I try to provide their money’s worth. If the amount is negative, then the worth of my work should be negative as well. I also wouldn’t want others to invest time and resources into working with them in the future.
I am quite puzzled at the willingness of serious businesses to risk their reputation and employee relations in this manner. Neither denies that they owe me, but they aren’t paying. I am only holding off on the details because there may be an innocent explanation for the delay in payment and the cessation of communications in the case of the second client. The first one is in a tailspin, and I suspect the brand isn’t going to be around for long. By a strange coincidence, both companies have the same specialization.