They’ll have an excuse, of course, but the bottom line is, you’re not getting paid. That’s why when I overheard some guy screaming on the phone, “I didn’t do this work for free mother $*#)@U$” it got me thinking…
But it’s better to get paid eventually then to not get paid at all.
Plus, a lot of times, people who are struggling to make their payments really do want to make them.
You might not know it, but these could have been traps set up by the police to hunt down thieves like you.
When I heard the phrase, “A Lannister always pays their debts” in Game of Thrones, I thought “Who doesn’t? The sad reality is that there are people – a lot of people – who will happily take advantage of every benefit you have to offer them, but when it comes time to pay up, they’ll refuse to do so. What’s strange is, these same people will grab a pitchfork for a purse snatcher in NYC, but in the comfort of their own home, they’ll happily ignore your phone calls, delete your emails, and spend the money they owe you on something else. That’s exactly what you DON’T do when someone refuses to pay you.
Tell them you empathize with their situation and are willing to put their account on hold or work out a new payment plan.
This obviously isn’t ideal for you and your business.Let me give you an example: At Social Triggers, I sell online training courses, and there are usually payment plans for these courses.They also come with a 30-day guarantee (or something similar).You’re looking to sign up in a website and it’s asking for a credit card number as a verification procedure. Or perhaps what you have is a valid debit card but does not have a CVV or CV2 (card verification value) or CVC (card verification code) that you can use. Credit card numbers and CVV or CVC numbers that you can use online?Take note that this scheme of using someone else’s credit card is called credit card fraud or credit card theft.You do not want this client to shift into defensive mode and ignore everything you say.