When I heard the phrase, “A Lannister always pays their debts” in Game of Thrones, I thought “Who doesn’t?”
…Until I started to run a business.
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. It hurts. It’s frustrating. They’ll have an excuse, of course, but the bottom line is, you’re not getting paid.
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. The hypocrisy will make your head spin.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but it happens. 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…
That’s exactly what you DON’T do when someone refuses to pay you. Our first reaction to getting stiffed is usually anger, and we often display that anger out of impulse…
…But if you want your client to settle their debt, you need a little more finesse. And in my latest video, I show you exactly what to do.
How to Persuade Clients Who Won’t Pay to Settle Their Debts
When you’re done watching this video, I’ve got a question for you…
Have you ever dealt with a client who just wouldn’t pay you for your work? How did you handle it? Did you successfully get them to pay you? What did you do?
Share your best practices in the comments below. I may take the best ones and feature it in a blog post at a later date ;-).