8 thoughts on “Fuck You. Pay Me.

  1. Dave Vogt

    Having now listened to the entire thing, this sounds like phenomenal advice for anyone providing contract-based work, whether it be a designer, a programming firm, or a carpenter.

  2. andrea

    This could not be more timely for me, as I’ve just had a client “go rogue.”

    It reminds me of a bit of verse that my dear departed friend Leslie Harpold — also a good friend of Mike Monteiro’s — was fond of reciting to me:

    Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    Pay my ass.

  3. Sheila Ryan

    Wow. There are freelancers and consultants and contractors working without contracts? Or without even some form of legal boilerplate?

    Well, yes, of course I know that there are. And I hope this reaches them.

    I’ve written some not-so-solid contracts in my time, true (though I’ve learned to make them better — and to get legal counsel), but working without a contract in place is something I just don’t do.

  4. Andrew Simone Post author

    I’ll be honest, I’ve done it but never for a project that would take more than three days (i.e., small stuff for friends and such). It’s not a good idea, but there it is.

  5. andrea

    Generally speaking, I submit proposals that spell out what I’m going to do, which clients then agree to in writing. That’s a legally binding “contract” but it doesn’t really offer enough protection in the event of contingencies. I do ok, but after watching this I think I’m going to tighten up.

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