Eff You. Pay Me!

May 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm 1 comment

Last month, reading John Gruber’s Daring Fireball blog (which I do daily), I came across video of a talk by Mike Monteiro, who co-founded Mule Design Studio. The presentation has a shocking name, and some shocking language, and I was hesitant to post it. (For those who are wondering, I ran this by Dr. Evans first.)

The title of his talk is approximately the same as the title of this blog post. Only his is a wee bit more profane.  I’m pretty sure you can figure it out. (The title was apparently inspired by some dialog from Goodfellas.)

The subject of the talk is the difficulty businesses sometimes have getting paid by a client. If you can overlook the profanity, there’s a lot of tremendously useful content here. His audience was mostly ad-agency creative staff, and so the content is somewhat tailored to them, but I think most of us in the class can benefit.

I’ve transcribed the beginning because it gives you a taste for the topic, which is the problem of not getting paid for work performed for a client.  He mentions some of the excuses he’s heard:

“We ended up not using the work.”

“It’s really not what we wanted after all.”

“We got somebody internal to do it instead.”

“We cancelled the project.”

“We actually didn’t get the funding that we thought we were gonna get.”

“We think we’ve already paid you enough.”

“It’s really not what we were hoping for.”

If you’ve been paying attention, I think you can guess what his answer is to each of these excuses. His solution involves getting lawyers involved early on to help with contracts, so you don’t need to rely on lawyers later on to fight your battles.

Those of you who have taken Dr. Evans’ Business Law class will probably recognize this problem from one of the contract disputes she assigns.

Anyway, enough with introduction.  Here’s the video.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. stevenjklein  |  May 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Yes, I’m adding a comment to my own blog. I just came across a funny and highly relevant blog post from Mr Monteiro on essentially the same topic.

    This was written in response to a call from “The Gap” for fans of the clothing chain to offer (for free) new logo designs.

    It’s definitely worth the 60 to 90 seconds of your time it will take you to read it. Here’s the link.


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