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Non Paying Client

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by mattbowden, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. mattbowden

    mattbowden Regular Member

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    I have had a client who in the past has been an okay payer. I have vps and host a few websites on my vps to cover my vps costs. We also put together websites for a few clients nothing major. We dont charge a great deal. We finished a his guys website two weeks ago still not got payment for it. My accounts person rang him two days ago and he promised to settle his bill. He hasnt paid for month worth of hosting and his other website.

    Although I dont want to delete his website would it be better to send the website that has been made to a free host somewhere and keep the other one till payment. I really cant be bothered with the headache of chasing this guy every month for such a small payment.
     
  2. naturalbornthriller

    naturalbornthriller BANNED BANNED

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    Maybe don't delete his website. Keep the site, but put up an under construction page instead. Keep the website files of course. When he pays, you can put it back online for him. I would tell him because of his lack of payment, you need him to a credit card with you for automatic payment every month. Just a thought.
     
  3. unclemike

    unclemike BANNED BANNED

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    I would send him about 3 emails saying that you are going to temporarily block his website from being
    viewed if he does not pay you.
     
  4. Salto

    Salto Regular Member

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    Redirect it to a porn site until he pays :D
     
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  5. pj413

    pj413 Regular Member

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    If it's a small amount, he should be on auto-bill each month. It really doesn't make sense to have to manually process every since month.
     
  6. ice41

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    Just put under construction or never renew page, and send him a screenshot of it, tell him that his website is going to be offline until he payed the bills. Works for me :)
     
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    kismatconnection Registered Member

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    How about website is down due to non payment page ?
     
  8. bryanon

    bryanon Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Exactly. That's what many hosting firms do and it's a very powerful strategy.

    Be sure to warn them in advance, though, as this is something that can possibly damage their business quite a bit!
     
  9. unclemike

    unclemike BANNED BANNED

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    Wow I did not think of this. Their clients would not feel to good about seeing this page and this would
    pressure them into paying for sure or damage their business.
     
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    A written and signed contract agreement with the client before landing into the project is essential in order to have a formal and documented project agreement. The contract agreement may detail the payment method of the client and what penalty may imposed once he failed to pay.

    Regards to all!
     
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    contracts contracts contracts people, trust no one
     
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    If it is a small amount then charge yearly or at least quarterly not monthly and save some headache.
     
  13. boombap

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    I wouldn't feel bad about doing it , this is the done thing in the hosting business.
     
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    Just put up a suspended account page. Something like "Unavailable. This account has been suspended." Just look online for a design. I'm sure you could find one.

    This one's cool:
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    Also, if you signed an agreement or contract for the web design outlining work, payment schedule, etc. you can levy interest on his outstanding balance, threaten to send him to collections, and then actually send him to collections.
     
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  15. barnone100

    barnone100 Newbie

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    Maybe this is an obvious question, but have you asked the client why he hasn't paid? I've found that lack of communication and one party or the other assuming things leads to a souring of the relationship.
     
  16. mattbowden

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    I asked apparently work dried up, I was friendly with him but now starting to get annoyed as his website is taking up space on my server and to be honest I feel like just deleting it. The low price reflects the fact we put the website together as a favour to him. As he is a small business
     
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    Warn him and give him another five days. This way you're still being professional about it. It's not your problem to back up the files, it's his responsibility. So if it gets deleted then it gets deleted, no skin off your back.
     
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    Wait until the 31st day of non-payment then do this AFTER sending him 2-3 "i really mean it" type emails.
     
  19. artizhay

    artizhay BANNED BANNED

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    I don't think it has to be the 31st day, but I do think it depends on how soon before payment the invoice is sent. Our invoices are automatically sent 2 weeks before payment is due, so the accounts get shut down about 1 day after the due date passes.
     
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    Yeah it varies depending on the agreement they have but 30 days of non-payment allowance I'd think would be max in a situation like this. My cell provider has shut me down the day after whereas other online providers go weeks.

    It's all up to the contract the OP should have had