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    Seeking Advice: Stiffed on a freelance job

    hey y'all. i recently did some contract work for an MIT professor, standardizing various technical drawings for a pending electrical engineering publication. anyway, i did all the work, and they were like, "send an invoice, and we'll pay you." which, i would think is pretty standard, so i was like, ok. so i sent an invoice, asking them to pay it within 30 days. i also contacted them the day i sent it, asking them to notify me when they sent out the check, so i could be looking for it, which they agreed to. well, it's been a month and a week, and i have heard not one word, not seen one punctuation mark of communication from them. i live in Boston, and i am trying to figure out what i can do. my boss on my day job said i should look into small claims court...is there some sort of standard procedure for this type of thing when it comes to artwork? please help!




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    I usually get paid around 40-60 days.
    I don't worry about it until 90 days... then I get pretty assertive.

    Just send another invoice, stating that the balance is past due.

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    thx for the advice, dan.

    loved the video, btw. thx.

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    Send a second invoice by mail and include a SASE to make it easy for them.

    You can also try to look them up and find their phone number and give them a call.

    If you don't hear from them again within a few weeks then send a final notice warning them that you will be forced to take further action.

    Then look into court or whatever.

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    thanks for the help amber!

    that's why i love CA.

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    A week after payment deadline is not panic worthy yet. It'll come. Lateness is just endemic in the biz. Still, give 'em a reminder if it goes on much longer.

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