Being a freelancer you are at the bottom of the pecking order. It is the client, client’s staff, client’s customers, the neighborhood cat, the company lawyer, then maybe you. This is also very often the case when getting invoices paid. No matter how understanding and pleasant the client is they still will put you last 9 times out of 10. It is a business decision and unless you are creating the next cure for cancer and you alone have the code in your head, your time is just less valuable.
Making Lemonade From Broken Bytes
Lars Klint

Do you typically bill by the hour and only invoice after completing work? I found this problem common when I did that. Once I switched to (primarily) fixed fee arrangements and, in particular, to requiring a substantial payment upfront (half or in entirety), this problem went 80% away (which is good enough for most intents and purposes).

I wrote a bit about how I did this here:

I’d be curious your thoughts about applying it to your freelancing practice.

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