Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Front-End Developer at NYC

Thot leader. Leading thoughts to the toilet. @thestartfm Building

9 action items

Handle clients who don’t pay

    • I AM NOT A LAWER - Just a freelancer :) Depends on the sum of money which is being withheld. In the instance of a $2500 USD project, it may not be worth the headache to chase the client. In that case, take it as a loss. If it's a $25000 USD project, you may need to consult your lawyer.

    • Ensure your client signed your contract

      Contract should define the "rules of the game" both parties agree to follow.

    • Ensure you have client contact information prior to starting project.

      This can be defined in the contract as the "point person" and at least one back-up person in case the point person is on vacation, unreachable, etc.

    • Properly define who owns the work within the contract.

      A lot of contracts assume work-for-hire which can mean the client owns all the work at any given point throughout a project. If you do not have this information defined in your contract add it! Ensure that rights to the work are yours until the client pays in full, and at that point, the rights are transferred to the client. Some contracts go as far as stating the creator always has ownership of work.... See more

    • Reach out to back-up contact person

      If the company is large enough there may be another team member playing support on the project. This could be a colleague or a superior at the clients company. If necessary, CC this person on emails to garner attention and a response.

    • In some cases, if the remaining sum of money is large enough, it may warrant reaching out to your lawyer

      If there is a large amount of money remaining to be paid some instances may warrant legal attention. It could be as small as a letter from your lawyer or legal action. CONSULT A LAWYER BEFORE ACTING. This is the nuclear option. Use it carefully, if at all.... See more

Know the signs of burnout

    • I've been dealing with this topic myself for about 3 years now. Some signs you're starting to burnout: It takes longer than normal to get started on a task at work (or personal project). If it feels like progress is comparable to pushing a huge boulder up a huge mountain, daily. You stop caring about it. Could be work or a hobby. You have no interest in a decision to be made or the final result. I wrote more on the topic here:

    • Meditate, daily.

      Use apps like Headspace or Calm to get started

    • Say "No" to 90% of things.

    • Write down your work, and life, priorities. Refer to this daily or weekly to ensure what you're doing is aligned with those priorities.

    • Talk to people.