When and How to Let a Difficult Client Go Guilt free #4 The Client Refuses to Pay a Deposit at the Onset of a Project
When and How to Let a Difficult Client Go
In this series of blogs, I’ll give tips on how to deal with a difficult client, or “Sack then”
The Client Refuses to Pay a Deposit at the Onset of a Project
In an earlier post, I explained why deposits are essential to protect agencies and freelancers from clients whose businesses fold or who change their minds through a project. There were some contradictory views in the comments to that post, with some clients saying they would refuse to pay deposits. That’s certainly their prerogative.
But it’s also your prerogative to decide which clients to take on. If a client refuses to pay a deposit for the initial project you do with them, I recommend that you don’t take them on. It will be much easier than chasing payment later, not getting paid at all (if they bail on the project after you’ve started), or ending the relationship on a sour note (because your dedicated time and efforts went uncompensated).