Re: Tech Writer Conractor - no payment

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Conractor - no payment
From: Alan Houser <arh -at- groupwellesley -dot- com>
To: Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 15:28:24 -0500

Just a couple of ideas, written a bit quickly and extemporaneously --

- At every organization, there's a "real person" who has the power to pay you. But it sounds like you've done reasonable diligence in your communication with the responsible people/departments.

- If you still have source files in your possession, don't hand them off until this business issue is resolved.

- Consider hiring an attorney to send a "demand letter". Might cost a couple of hundred dollars; less if you have an existing relationship with an attorney. It demonstrates to the client that you serious about pursuing the debt.

- If all else fails, filing a lawsuit may be easier and less expensive than you might think. Securing a judgment does not guarantee that you will be paid, but it does tend to move you to the front of the line.

Good luck!


Alan Houser
Group Wellesley, Inc.
Consultant and Trainer, Technical Publishing
arh on Twitter

On 3/2/16 3:11 PM, Robert Courtney wrote:

Hi All,

I was hoping to get some guidance on my contract position and not have several invoices paid. I finished the contract with the company and they are now defaulting on my last several invoices. I have emailed the accountant to ask about it and was told they are having issues with the accounting department for the company they contracted me to. At this point, I get no response from them. I contacted the personnel department and a contact I reported at the company. No response. What are my alternatives to get paid?

I will not name the companies involved at this time. I do plan on using Glassdoor to report them in the future if I don't get payment.

Thanks for any help with in advance,

Robert Courtney

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