In these many years of working as a freelance, I have met many people. Some people will just want to get the work done and deal with me professionally which I appreciate but mostly will try to become over friendly to get work done cheaper. I am a social person and I don’t mind either type of behavior, friendly or professional. Today I sent a 4th reminder to one of my friendly client to do the long pending payment but there was no response at that time. In evening when I was about to leave my lab I received his call that he wants to meet me. Since his shop was near my lab, he promptly agreed to come to lab himself. I was thinking what a good client I got, he is coming to do the payment finally but I was about to get the most funniest and stupid excuse from him for not paying me.
A little detail about the work I did for him: about a week back he sends me a webpage design (psd file) and asks me if I can make an OsCommerce template with this design. I agreed and started working on it from that day bit by bit. After completing the work and throughly testing this osCommerce website, I gave him the website files. Even installed the script on his PC and he was happy with the work done. Since he was my old client and I have done one job portal website for him, I did not asked for any advance for this work.
The drama began right from the day one I asked for payment for this work. First reply was not to worry and I’ll pay you very soon. After some x days I call him and he says that he is out of station and will be back on Monday and pay. Monday passed and I send him a reminder email on Wednesday. There was no reply from him. Now after 4th reminder, he finally meets me outside my lab and the talk begins. After some casual discussion he tells me that he will not be able to pay me for the oScommerce template work because he is not able to use oScommerce in his website! At this point I explained him that you gave me a design to convert into oScommerce template and I have already completed that work and given you working oScommerce website, my work is over here. He then throw the same old line (which every second client speaks here for discount) that you will get more work from me.. blah blah.. Then the most stupid thing this client says that I should sell this oScommerce template and get the money!! I again try to cool down myself and explain him that this is not possible and he can himself sell it if he wants. He refuses on this thing too, now my BP was quite high, I simply asked now if he could pay at least 50% of the quoted amount of this work, he offered me to pay Rs.1000/-. My patience broke down here and I could not control my anger on this 1k offer, I said keep your thousand rupees with you, I don’t need any money and left that place. Yet another bad dept in my list added!