I’ve worked with a lot of people over the years, and this post is the first in a very short series of posts about weird business practices. These complaints aren’t about anybody I’ve been working with lately. They’re more of an observation about a lot of situations I’ve happened upon.
The first scenario is this: An ad agency hires my company to assist them with a project and we handle the project and get it done, even taking a part in meetings and conference calls. The trouble begins once it is time to be paid. For some reason the ad agency is having a difficult time getting paid themselves and so they hold off paying my company. Saying, “we’ll send you a check as soon as they pay us.”
Now, this is where I get a little riled up. Let me explain. The arrangement was not that my company and the ad agency would be partnering on this project. Instead, we’re working for the ad agency. Because of this, it is the obligation of the ad agency to pay my company whether they actually get paid or not (as long as we did our job).
If I wanted to accept this situation, I would have expected to receive payment directly from the client, not be paid through the ad agency.
This whole business about not being able to pay my company until they themselves are paid is bogus. The implication the client sends is that I’m somehow responsible for that client paying as well. In all reality, I may have given the ad agency a reduced agency rate that I wouldn’t have given the client directly. This is because I can safely assume that I will be paid and that the agency will assume most if not all client communication issues.
And yes, I treat the contractors we work with on this same standard. If my company chooses to hire you to do something, we’ll ensure you get paid for your work. If I can’t get my client to pay me then it’s my own fault.
I must be from the stone ages, because I see more and more people who don’t get this simple concept.