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How do you deal with clients who can't pay using Paypal?

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  1. mon3y4me

    mon3y4me Senior Member

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    Hi, I live in Canada and i sometimes contact business owners to offer them my webdesign service.
    I got few people interested, but the thing is many of them don't have a paypal account or don't trust deals done online.
    They want to have a conversation with me one on one and can pay only by cash. In some cases, they ask me to work at their place.
    This is not convenient for me, because my english is not perfect and I'm afraid to get nervous. Also I don't want to bring my laptop at their place and work infront of them.What would you do if you were in my position? thanks
     
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    Error in my answer that makes no sense after reading the entire original post.
     
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    mon3y4me Senior Member

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    I contact clients by replying to ads on kijiji or through fb pages.
     
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    You have to put your foot down! Did you start your business so you could go into someone else's office and have them watch over your shoulder? Realize that every prospective customer might not be for you and move on to the next one, they aren't the only fish in the sea. It's my way or the highway! I have a little offline business and what I like most about it is that I have TOTAL CONTROL over who does what and what I say goes but Don't get me wrong I don't come across this way to my customers I treat them with a lot of respect, it's only the few who want to be A holes that I let them know who's in charge.
     
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    On something like web design, depending on your price point and what you are promising, it can be something that requires significant interaction. If you have a process set up to capture requirements, you should be able to limit contact to a few meetings (e.g. initial intro, checkpoints, finalization). Communication along the way is key to keep their trust.

    Cash only sends a yellow caution flag. This suggest they are very cheap, and will bargain that way. Expect that, and expect "handshake" deals, as they don't want to be beholden to a contract.

    You should agree ahead of time to collect money in stages, depending on the size of the project - say, 50% up front, 25% midway, and 25% at end - just to protect yourself.

    If you are offering something much simpler, maybe just an upfront meeting is all that is needed. The guys don't need you to be there full time. Insist, then on cash up front, unless you have recourse if they fail to pay later (e.g. you can revert their website back).

    Good Luck.
     
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