Post # 1
Ok, so by trade I am a graphic designer, and I recently designed an invitation suite for a friend of a friend. After several revisions, the bride was satisfied with the work and we were done. I sent her an invoice, but haven’t heard from her since… Come to find out, she and her Fiance called off the wedding. I am completely sensitive to her situation, but I also sunk a good deal of time into this design. Since she is a friend of a friend, should I let the lack of payment go by the wayside or should I continue to try to contact her?
Post # 3
You provided a service and you need to be paid. It’s unfortunate that their wedding was called off but that’s none of your concern. I would send another invoice and remind her of the terms of payment.
Post # 4
@LizLemon: I agree you should get your money. It’s not personal, its business.
Post # 5
I think you should follow up for your payment. It might be a nice gesture to offer 50% off for her next design job (meaning if she gets engaged again or throws a party in the future), but she should pay. I know it’s a sensitive time, but like a PP said this is business. You provided a service so there is no getting out of paying for it.
Post # 6
Definitely send another invoice and pursue payment–you provided a service and should be paid for it. You don’t keep a roof over your head with good intentions and favors.
Post # 7
Did she know up front that you were charging her for your services? If so, then follow-up.
Post # 8
But did she sign on for a design service? Or was it more of a casual deal?
Post # 9
@MrsLulu: Yes, she knew. I gave her a price to start.
I just worry about causing contention through our mutual friend, but you guys are all right. Business is business.
Post # 10
@rubyroad10: Can you just let your mutual friend know that while you’re compassionate, you’ll still be following up with the other friend for payment? I don’t see how your friend couldn’t understand that you performed a service and deserve payment.
Post # 11
I agree with the others. So long as she knew she was expected to pay, there’s really nothing else to say. She owes you money, whether she ended up using it or not.