They are just thinking about themselves, selfish people...
January 23, 2013 11:14am CST
Good day Fellow Mylotters, It is somehow disappointing to met some people who will request you to do a particular work for them but they would not matter to pay you in exchange with the service that you have done. Like the person that I have encounter, he have requested me to do a graphics service for his son's sake. So I have done the service without any doubt in mind. But when I have computed for my professional fee and asked him about the payment, he have told me that the amount was quite high. So I have explained everything in detail as I have given him the breakdown. To my surprise, he just told me to keep it for future use and don't proceed on the work anymore. Although I didn't continue doing the job but I have done some efforts on it, and I think he should pay me somehow. But, all he had to say is this. And this is disgusting. I can't really explain why there are types of people with this attitude. They are unfair . They are just thinking about themselves, selfish people.
23 Jan 13
There are really people who are like that,because they taught you are an approachable type of person,who does not care even if he does not pay your work. If that happens to me,I will tell him first if he can pay my talent fee,because I will surely give him a good time to finish it in accordance to his budget.No down payment first,no starting of work.I have always practice this kind of approach because I was always at a loss when they deny payment to me with my satisfactory work,that is why I have to be frank to them always.
23 Jan 13
If you want to be paid, make it a guideline to clarify the payment terms. Maybe the person was under the impression that you are a kind family friend. Now that makes you a money minded person. Well, assumptions and judgement cannot help much. Communication sure helps to prevent bad feelings in relationships.
• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Jan 13
My husband has been through this with his artwork. Someone will ask him to do a drawing for them, he will be almost done and then they don't want to pay him for it! So all that time he wasted on it, and they cancel at the last minute... So unfair! I have also been through with Childcare. People use my services and then give me trouble paying for it! So, I have some stricter fees and I demand payment up front now before they leave or before I provide the care. My husband also went through this with his remodeling company that he used to own. So, he started asking for half the payment up front and half once the work was finished. That way, at least he got some of the money even if they don't want him to finish the work. Sadly, you have to be tougher in business now or people will take advantage of you. It is wrong and unfair but people do it all the time anyway...
24 Jan 13
He was being unfair, but you shouldn't work for people who are not trustworthy. It is indeed very frustrating when you have started something and then it got cancelled so suddenly. He thought he should not pay you because you did not finish the work anyway. Take this as a lesson. Don't work for anyone who can't guarantee you payment. You have to discuss the terms and the payments first before proceeding with the job, that way, your payment will be ensured without any complains on his part. This is a friend of yours so maybe you just jumped on to the job without any hesitation?
24 Jan 13
Hi there! Good day! That's exactly how I feel with these online job postings that I'm trying to apply. Some would pay upfront others will not. However, I do appreciate those client who would tell me first hand that they won't give out payments if there's anything on your work that they wouldn't like. At least with that kind of attitude, you'd know what you're up to. It's still up to you if you'll grab the chance or not knowing your efforts will not get paid if the client will not like your work. There's a lot of employers online who do not know how to appreciate your efforts. You really have to be careful before accepting a job because you wouldn't know what your getting yourself into.
23 Jan 13
You're not alone. Recently almost same thing happened with me. I have a friend who ask for a favor. He is my cousin's friend (both are working abroad with same company) He ask me to look for a second hand car to buy and I granted his wish because he my cousin's friend.(my cousin also ask me to help his friend) Well- to make a short story why my cousin friend's ask this favor from me though I am not a car dealer is because I also helped my cousin to buy a second hand car and it is still working good after many years. Okay, I did try to check the net for second hand car and contacted my prospect but my cousin's friend is not satisfied with the price. Then one day, my son came home and told me that our neighbor is selling their van- and so I ask for the details and so on and send full detailed information to my cousin's friend. At last, my cousin's friend find it fair and he got interested with it. I made all the necessary negotiation between the buyer and the seller. (taking pictures , sending email and even making miss calls- to informed him for new info) I told my neighbor that I will not add a cent to his given price- given he will give a fair commission. Fine, my neighbor agreed- so I emailed my cousin's friend for every progress done. The day has come for the buyer to see the car and I fetch them from the bus station since they came from the province (8 hours away from metro city) The buyer met the seller in person - check the car and finally the deal was closed. To my dismay- I never received a single cent from the seller. His reason is...my client (the buyer)ask for a discount and that discount was supposed to be my commission- what the? I felt bad, really felt bad- (this happened two weeks ago) But I just sigh and tell myself that it's just money. I will earn more- but I lost a bit respect to our neighbor. No, I am not angry with him- rather I pity him for his attitude. How people change instantly (Especially when it comes to money) As for my cousin's friend, he was so kind to give me few dollars. I refused it- but he insisted and tell me it's a gift (a late x-mas gift)
• United States
23 Jan 13
I'm sorry that you put time and effort into a job and didn't recieve the payment you feel you deserved. Maybe next time you can make sure that the client understands your required fee for services before you start work on a project or maybe you can ask for a down payment. Like half the fee up front and the rest upon completion.
23 Jan 13
I hope you did learn from this. My daughter(s) do have the same problem (I also had). If you offere help make clear when people have to pay and when it's for free. If people ask you to help them out make clear when they have to pay and when it's for free. So if they ask you say you will think it over. Go home (or let the person who asks you for it leave). Think it over. Count how much time/work it will cost you at least (what do you need to realize it, computer, internet, Phone or???) make a price for that and tell the person your price. Also ask a part of it first. No pay no start. If you buy something by the internet you have to pay first to and wait and see if you get delivered what you want/like/ordered. If you start doing things for other people for free it's very hard to change that at a certain point (what happend to me and my daughters). At a certain point you are only hard working for free, helping out others and you have no time left over to have a job making money to survive.