1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Should I receive payment up front or after delivery?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by loginname, May 2, 2017.

  1. loginname

    loginname Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2008
    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    14
    Hey

    I have contacted a company that have an old web shop and given them suggestion on new layout etc. They have contacted me back and said they want me to write a contract about it. So I'm writing this contract now. I have already created 2 suggestions for contracts... (one suggestion is that they pay me $1200 up front and $3000 when projected completed, other suggestion is where the company pays me $4200 when project is completed). Talked to my brother about this and he says I should have all payment up front. Having made this new layout I can use this company as reference to get new clients, and demanding $4200 up front I feel can be a upstacle...

    However I have had a client in the past that started paying me 3 years after that project was completed, so I can understand the need to have some payment in advance. That means I completed the project and went on vacation as the company had said they would transfer the payment the next day... IBut the next say came and they didn't pay. So I see the point of having some payment up front, but feel maybe having all up front may sound too nazi as they have said they have alternative to me

    In the contract I say I need $1200 in advance to buy necessary stuff I need for the project

    The company that need a new wep shop is 10 years old, run by a senior citizen, he is 70 year old now and it started as a hobby project for him back then.

    would you do such project and reveive payment when completed, or would you receive all payment upfront or part of it up front??
     
  2. skcrosthwait

    skcrosthwait Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2013
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Most shops charge whenever the item ships, especially if it takes you a few days to ship.
     
  3. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    Messages:
    11,477
    Likes Received:
    32,406
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Fun Lovin' Criminal
    Location:
    London
    Home Page:
    Have them pay 50% upfront, you set set deadlines for work to be completed, 25% halfway through the work, then the final 25% on competition.
    Or along those lines.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. zanderzero

    zanderzero Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2013
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    56
    Depends on the trust you have with him. For new clients I usually do 50% upfront, then a payment amidst deadlines and at the end. But if it is someone I know I can trust then I usually go along with what works for them.
     
  5. William702

    William702 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2017
    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    279
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    If you are a serious person ask for the money up front, if they are serious about hiring you they will pay. Let them know that drip fed payment can jeopardize the consistently of the project and as such if they want to pay in installment its %25 extra, most will pay upfront to get the discount. I have a client who pays us $1500 a month to manage their social feeds with a piece of content a day etc. He pays upfront for 6 months as the monthly rate i offered was $2000. I let them know that most of the work is done in the early stages so I need the funds upfront to cover costs.

    Like i say if they are serious they will pay, and if you want to project a professional image you will ask for payment upfront for the service they want, if they say no move on. If the guy is 70 he has probably paid for hundreds of services in his life upfront, this should be no different.