If you are in Web Design for long, you will know getting paid can be a challenge. Unpaid invoices are a way of life for many. I have 13 unpaid invoices on the books right now ( I just looked) and one of them dating to 2006. It is very being paid.
Three excuses I hear alot and I do alot.
1) They forgot about it. It is possible but is it possible to forget all three reminders afterwards too? I don’t think so. If you missed the first one, there was two more after that as well. You didn’t forget, you just aren’t paying. Simple as that.
2) They are broke. They just don’t have the money to pay for it right now. That is great but when you are friends on Facebook and see all the amazing pictures from their vacations to Hawaii and the brand new BMW they just got; it don’t work.
3) They aren’t happy with it. Some will claim how unhappy they are with the work but are they really? If so, why are you sharing it saying, “check out my amazing website.” When you blowing up Facebook and Twitter with links for it, you must not be that unhappy, right?
What should you do?
The bottom line is some will just not pay like that guy from 2006. I do not plan to ever get paid for it. If he forgot then, he has completely forgotten by now. It is simply a loss.
The good things is that is not a complete loss. If you have power over the server, you could take them offline. If not, look at the good side, you have a back link to your website and that means alot in the SEO world.
There will be losses in all businesses.