Billing a client

Alex Brelsfoard alex.brelsfoard at
Mon Feb 11 19:18:19 GMT 2013


Thank you ALL.  Massive amount of info.
Sorry I didn't respond earlier, been a bit of a crazy day.
But this was all REALLY helpful.
Thank you all for sharing your stories and advice.
This sets me straight and prepared.

Cheers all!


On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM, Richard Foley <richard.foley at>wrote:

> Yes, this happened to me too, twice. My take:
> The first time, the company went bankrupt and I was lucky to be working
> for an
> agency, so *they* paid.
> The second time, the company was just limping along, and waiting for the
> "next
> big client". They also paid, but it was after about six months, and there
> really was no good will left by that time.
> A month or two in arrears could be seen as quite acceptable in some cases,
> and
> can even be helpful to each other, if you have a worthwhile working
> relationship.
> --
> Ciao
> Richard Foley
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 01:21:17PM +0000, Chris Jack wrote:
> >
> > One other thing. I'm not suggesting lawyering up should necessarily be
> your first port of call. The longest arrears I have ever had was something
> like 5 months, but there was a lot of goodwill and trust on my part in that
> case. I was working for a software house that was running low on cash. They
> were attempting to refinance themselves but the problem was the company
> founder didn't want to dilute his holding too much so was trying to
> (effectively) get money from his mates to maintain his shareholding when
> the new cash came in.
> >
> > I, and the other contractors, kept getting reassurances that there was
> no issue about being paid: it was just a question of when.
> >
> > I had had a fair amount of money in my corporate account so I was able
> to live off that for a while - but about the 5 month mark, I did have to
> say to the company that it was getting past a point of goodwill - and was
> getting to the point where I was physically not going to be able to
> continue for financial reasons. At which point, they found some money to
> pay me some (not all) of the arrears. And eventually they completely caught
> up.
> >
> > Obviously the high level risk in these circumstances is that contractors
> are very low down the pecking order if the company were to go into
> receivership.
> >
> > Chris

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