Today (actually yesterday--the internet went down in the afternoon and I wasn't able to make this post so I had to wait until today today but anyway...) for my money challenge I did something audacious...
It is getting towards the end of my money challenge and I am still a little ways away from the $1000 I wanted to make this month so I started thinking. I started wondering if there was anyone who owed me money that I could collect from. Then I remembered a client from more than a year ago.
I had a client who I made a website for over a year ago. We didn't get on well from the beginning (he asked if I could make a one page site for his business and I said I could put a basic site up and then I would be on vacation and unable to work on it until I returned three weeks later, he said fine, I put up a simple site, then he proceeded to call and email me every day of my vacation about making this change and that...definitely not a good start). When I returned from vacation we worked on the site and he kept wanting to add more and more stuff and in the end the project got way out of hand (this is when I learned about getting signed contracts with all of the nitty gritty details written down) and then he kept saying he didn't like it, and then he quit calling me, and then I figured he would have someone else do a site for him since he seemed to hate my work and although I billed him, he never paid me and I didn't keep on him to get paid because I figure if a client doesn't like my work, they shouldn't have to pay for it.
Fast forward to now when I checked his website and found that not only is he still using the complete site that I made him, he had even had someone update it for this year with new dates. Then, being more or less prodded by this challenge, I thought it was only fair that I be paid something for a product of mine that he has been using for over a year. So I emailed him and, as politely as I could, requested some sort of payment as that being only fair for using my work. While I am not holding my breath to get paid by the guy, if it wasn't for this challenge I wouldn't have made such a bold move. I still don't know if what I did was the right thing to do. Ayayay