Reasons they have for not paying you
Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:48 AM
- You didn't give your account number (which you didn't know you had)
- You didn't send the invoice to the right address
- The person responsible for this job didn't pass the invoice on
- You just missed the last cheque run, there's another in a month
- Payment hasn't "been authorised"
- The person who can authorise your payment is out of the office
- You need to invoice parent company A, who you haven't heard of
- We use administrative company B to handle invoices (who you haven't heard of)
- Oh, you're self-employed?
- We only accept invoices by email/fax/surface mail
- We haven't been paid by our client
And this is without the standard quibbles regarding meals, overtime, mileage, consumables, and any other of the standard corporate excuses for nonpayment.
Are there any I missed?
Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:01 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:11 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:15 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:18 PM
- We're filing for bankruptcy and you should contact our attorney....
(obscenity removed) that! (Admin says: I'm getting tired of people fooling the obscenity filters in the forum. Next time you'll find your account removed.)
Yeah, one advantage of being a part of the Union. You can have "Biscuits and Books" show up and break their legs. Then the check will appear almost instantly!
Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:23 PM
We couldn't open your invoice attachment...it's in a strange format. (pdf)
Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:10 AM
"Hmmm, I don't know why you haven't received your check yet... you're in our system. Wait... can you hold for a minute? Wait... can I call you back...? I think you need to talk to Mr. XYZ in our ABC Department... I'm not sure, hold on just a sec, let me call you in a few..."
And from a major network no less.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:49 AM
"We saw you really enjoying using all the lights and equipment we rented for the shoot, and no one who enjoys it so much would do it for money, right?"
Posted 24 February 2009 - 03:48 AM
Posted 24 February 2009 - 04:38 AM
The Girl who deals with your account is on holiday
Worse she's pregnant.
Don't be rude otherwise they have an excuse not to pay at all then you have to get a summons which will usually get paid but more hassle.
The cheques not dated.
She's in a meeting and will call you back and never does. When you call back she's still not there. Oh she's gone home now. etc etc. All the time your doing the running and being made to feel a nuisance.
You go to collect your money but are stopped from seeing the boss and asked to leave or the police will be called. Someone pulls out a mobile to reinforce this.
Some firms will pay only if it's neccesary. IE good will or out of fear. Often you have to be careful what you say or do because of lefty courts. Swearing can get you sued let alone a major tantrum.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:23 AM
Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:38 AM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:20 AM
This is the most common and frustrating response. I'm still waiting on three jobs from before Christmas which are in various states of completion even though I shot and cut them months ago now. Quoted on a job today which I would shoot in two weeks but which wouldn't get delivered until June. You can bet I'm going to try and get my end up front ( I'm largely producing the acquisition side of it before it gets passed to the editor for a long edit ). Ive had people try 3 month billing periods out on me. Most people take as long as they can to pay an invoice. The larger the institution the worse it gets.
The most frustrating aspect of the work.
Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:14 AM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:46 AM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:46 AM
That's how the ad agencies rate the copy writers... the person that has the next best excuse gets the next job.
If you work for ad agencies it can take 8 months to get paid. They use an extraordinary number of excuses as you call month after month. My favorite was from one of the largest agency in the world, "The printer that makes the checks is broken".
Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:36 PM