By Laura Haight
That was great. It's easy to do content remotely: some phone calls, some web conferences, a look at some of the competition. And I thought I was being very professional about it, having provided the client - a home improvement firm - a written quote on nice letterhead, sent via email.
After several phone calls, a couple of sets of revision and a fair amount of work on my part, the company disappeared. My calls went unanswered and - more significantly - my invoices went unpaid.
I learned then to get some money up front. From everyone.
The question is: how much. So I am curious from more experienced service providers how much of a downpayment you ask for? Do you do this with all your clients or only those who are new? Are your expectations different for longer term clients?
Share your experiences.