Last week I invited a colleague to join me for lunch at one of the wonderful new establishments that are constantly springing up in our city’s midst.
“Sorry”, he said, “I can’t eat there. They didn’t pay me for some work I did for them”.
It turns out that this is quite a common occurrence for creative enterprises - one that is no doubt experienced by many small businesses.
In most cases the cost of pursuing the outstanding payment makes it not worthwhile.
The big difference with short changing creative people, however, is that they know a lot of people and they love to eat out.
Word gets around.
An unpaid account for as little as $1000 can quickly turn into the loss of hungry and thirsty customers worth far more than that. I, for one, have to find a new place to lunch.
Lucky we are becoming spoilt for choice.
Pay the artist!