Kickstart Monday: How to Avoid Deadbeats & Other Problem Clients



You Want to Get Paid? You Gotta Follow the Rules!

In this week's podcast, I'm going to talk about the three rules for handling clients, why they are important and what to do when a client doesn't comply.

If you're not familiar with them, the rules are:

  1. Always get a contract
  2. Always get a deposit/good faith payment
  3. Never fall in love with a project

In twenty-five years as a freelancer and small business owner, I've had two occasions when I didn't get paid. In both cases, I broke the rules. I didn't get a contract, I didn't get a deposit, and I fell in love with the project.

These are not my rules. These are standard business guidelines that go back to when people first started doing business and we have them for a reason.

At the end of the day, people are people. Some are good, some are bad and most will take advantage of any opportunity they can get. If you want to save your sanity, your business, your reputation, and your wallet, all it takes is following these three simple rules.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 6th at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month's topic is "How to Deal With Problem Clients"

Merrimack Motivators Toastmasters: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Tuesday, September 6th at Merrimack Town Hall Meeting Room, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack

Toastmasters - Amoskeag Better Communicators: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Wednesday, September 7th at Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street, Conference Room 267, Manchester.

Nackey S. Loeb School: Public Speaking: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday, September 10th at Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications 749 E Industrial Park Dr, Manchester. Taught by Southern New Hampshire University Professor Andrea Bard, this workshop allows participants to develop important oral communication skills and knowledge through information and application. Cost for workshop $50 For more information/enroll please visit or call (603) 627-0005

To find more business, networking, and tech events in and around the Queen City, visit Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 9/5/16 - 9/10/16