Happened to me twice. A customer had a site to be developed in 4 phases. Did phase 1 and he paid $1635…didn’t hear from the guy for months. I called, emailed, wrote letters. Nothing. Then he tells me about his messy divorce but he’s ready to continue. He pays $1635 for phase 2 and I deliver it. Again he disappears. I haven’t heard from him in 2 years, but our contract stipulates that if the project is not completed within one year or due to delays on the part of the client, the project is considered abandoned and all money paid is forfeited.
only once, a client paid 5k usd and disappeared after getting first mockup.
after that, i tried the same draft with other clients but it didn’t work.
This happened to me 2 months ago. Worked on a project, finished it, the client paid up, then nothing. They just disappeared. The only thing pending was me handing over the site and code. Very strange.
u should set an expiry date to your service, if the client doesn’t turn up, he loses the money
I wish that happens to me
They will probably come back eventually with some apology or story and expect you to the do the work at that time….
Probably? Try more than likely. I’ve had sites that clients are stoked about stalled for 6 months+ over a photo change. I’m never strict enough to say, “no, you’re no longer on the schedule, that’ll be more.”
Thanks for the insight guys, I never ever expected this many replies!!! People are crazy!
I will definitely add yet another amendment to my contract though if the customer shows back up 3 months from now, I will still finish the site without extra charges.. I’m sure he’ll show back up at the most inopportune time and need it done immediately lol. Cheers.
Yup had a client give me a deposit, approved the design, then he disappeared for a few months, when i got a check for the balance. Contacted them again to thank them and get the ball rolling..nada..gone again, finally heard from him a lyear later, he’s ready to finish it up, that was last year…theres only so many times i’m gonna call, email, ect…his loss