Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.



I don't understand why some agencies do this. A big company hires a big PR firm. The big PR firm contracts with me to do some of the heavy lifting for them.

Then, the big company doesn't pay them and the PR firm doesn't pay me. Ok, the big company didn't hire me - the PR firm did. So, IMHO, the PR firm should pay me regardless if the big company pays them or not. My contract was not contingent on the big company paying them or not.

Thing is, for a few hundred bucks, it isn't worth being a PITA. But, a few hundred bucks is a lot of money to me these days, so I'm applying as much pressure as I can. But, what can I do?



  • At 8:37 AM, February 26, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    About the only thing you could do is require payment on delivery.
    Send them the work COD through USPS or something like that.

    Also, if the same PR firm contacts you for another job, require payment for the unpaid job first, then a %50 down or so for the current job.

    just thinking out loud here.


  • At 8:44 AM, February 26, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Check your contract - if the contract makes your payment contingent on the PR firm being paid, you're S.O.L. If it doesn't, take the PR firm to small claims court.

  • At 11:55 AM, February 26, 2009, Blogger Susabelle said…

    Absolutely they owe you. You were under contract to them. You DID sign a contract, right? Enforce it. They will do this to others if you don't fight it.

  • At 5:05 PM, February 26, 2009, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Got the guy in charge today and they cut me a check today. Woo hoo. The contract is signed and doesn't say anything about it being contingent on the client paying. *I wrote the contract, so I don't even allow that to happen.* I've been burned before when another guy did that to me. So, hopefully the check comes soon! And, Rob - I like your idea of paying up front before doing another project for them.

  • At 7:59 PM, March 02, 2009, Blogger Submariner said…


    Pretty standard for personal services contracts to be written to require 50% up front with remainder due at completion. I can find you a sample if you want. email me at the address if you want one.

    btw - now you have the sentient vword generator? mine was "hisses" for this comment...


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