Last year was a bad year for Code Interactive as web developers. Business was great but several of our clients decided that they didn’t want our services…after we had completed the work. This is incredibly frustrating for freelancers and consultants as there isn’t too much we can do to ensure clients pay up. We require deposits for our services most of the time, but what of the remaining invoice? We did a couple jobs on good faith because we knew the client or had worked with him before, but we can say definitively that no previous relationship is a guarantee that someone will pay up.
Things you can do to encourage payment:
While we’re considering our options for the various clients, we can recommend a couple things for freelancers going forth:
The two ways Omobono provides reputation is through verification icon next to a user:
Also, the page like rating on the user’s page indicates his or her reputation:
Hopefully these tools will help you in your quest to find the perfect client—or at least one that won’t stiff you!