my own video production company and I had a meeting with a man who runs his own
accounting company. We started talking about projects he needed. Essentially,
he had a huge list of tasks that he wanted me to do, which was great.
Client: I would like to have someone as a one stop shop set up. How would you like to get paid? Let me start by saying I don’t like doing contracts so I can pay you weekly if you want.
Red flag, alarm bells:
Me: I’m much more comfortable working with a contract. Maybe have a think about that and we’ll touch base next week to see if you’re still interested.
I tried getting in touch several times the following week, with no response. Several weeks later I get this message:
Client: We were wondering if you could take some photos for us this Saturday.
It was Thursday, which was pretty short notice for my schedule.
Me: I’m certainly interested, but I’d very much prefer to set up a contract for the work. Could I swing by and get that signed before Saturday? And if that’s too short a notice, can we reschedule the shoot day?
They didn’t reply. The following week, after the proposed shoot, I got this email.
Client: Thank you for coming out and meeting us last week. We appreciate the work you are willing to do; however, the timing with everything isn’t going to work out for us. We wish you the very best of luck in your career.
are two possibilities here: one, they really needed that shoot done on that
Saturday (which I doubt because they didn’t get back to me at all in time);
two, they were hoping they wouldn’t have to pay me and that’s why they were
waffling on signing a contract.
Either way, bullet dodged.