Opps, I havn't sent you an invoice in WAY TOO long.
April 8, 2010 5:50 PM Subscribe
How can smooth the way for my sizable invoice to a great client, that is WAY
to late in coming?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a really great client that I have worked with for several years. They love me, I love them. They are a sizable company (millions of dollars in gross sales) my invoice is not huge, but not small (say 0.2% of the annual gross sales). Here's the catch. (There had to be a catch right-or there would be no Ask MetaFilter Question!). I have not invoiced them in 18+ months. (Bad consultant. BAD! I know!)
What can I do to smooth the way for sending them their bill? Obviously they will be annoyed and I will eat LOTS of crow (feathers taste good) and I will wave any and all late fees and be happy to break up their payment into a reasonable schedule for them.
There have been times when I have bent over backwards to help them, should I gently remind them?
Of course I will promise to send regular invoices from now on--and I will.
Any other ideas or thoughts?
P.S. I have taken enough flack about this from this and my partner and myself and need some ideas how to make it less painful, so please keep the chastising to a minimum. I know I am wrong and feel horrible about it and have mended my ways.