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If a client doesn't pay you for an invoice (and you decide that it's not worth it to call your lawyer or go after them) can you report them for non-payment to some sort of credit agency? Has anyone done this? Or, should I just call a collection agency and let them report the company?
Only if they have a credit agreement.
You should probably just file for a firearms permit. I just did, only took 4 weeks, picking up my first piece on Wednesday. Every client from then on WILL pay.
name of client?
hire a debt collector
Filter QBN, there are a tons of other similar threads,
you'll find a solution
Sorry, I can't give the name. Don't worry, they're just a tiny local startup in Edmonton, Canada. They're going nowhere. :)
communicate with them the steps you are going to take to discredit their business and maybe they'll reconsider not paying. communication is underrated.
All of Edmonton is tiny startups who don't pay. This, I know.
What's the situation? Are you in contact with them? Are they refusing to pay, or are they just late and unresponsive? As a startup they could just be tight on cash. Try working out some payment options if you can.
If you have things documented well (signed agreements, etc) you could take them to small claims court if they just refuse. If you win there, you go after them with the court judgement. THEN if they refuse to pay, it hurts their credit.
I have a "kill switch" for a lack of a better term (actually that is a good term) that I've started putting in all my websites for clients that get the idea to not pay their bill. Basically, it's a well hidden login that lets me type a bit of html for a message for the homepage and prevents access to the rest of the site. if they were somehow smart enough to change the ftp login and hosting login while not paying their bill I could still make it say whatever I want. Another developer would have to look pretty hard to find it also. I haven't had to use it yet and hope I never do. Shit like this is what prompted me to do it though.
The best practice with websites is to launch only when the bill is settled. Print is different obviously.