After a rather lengthy run-up period, I’ve kicked back into work mode. Last year, I cut right back on my freelance work to focus on my blog and Instagram. Twelve months on, I’ve realised that as an income stream, it’s too unreliable. When I did my tax returns, what I was paid each month varied by a huge amount, far too much to plan for. Additionally, I’ve had real problems getting people to pay on time. So, I’ve gone back to some reliable freelance work that always pays at the same time each month. I’ll still carry on with my blog, but I feel relieved that it’s not my only income stream.
Sticking up for myself
With more a more reliable income stream, I feel somewhat empowered to stick up for myself when people don’t pay me. Back in November, I did some work. I sent my invoice as usual. I don’t put payment terms on my invoices because I’m happy with the standard 30 days.
By the beginning of January, I hadn’t been paid. After much to-ing and fro-ing, I was told that their payment term was 90 days. I pointed out that I hadn’t agreed to this and was then told that they were awaiting a payment and wouldn’t pay me until they’d received their payment. This happened to be taking place in about a fortnight – miraculously putting it at the 90 days.
So effectively, they had decided that they were going to subject me to 90 day payment terms without informing me. They then decided they were going to fob me off until the 90 days. So, I took legal action. I don’t expect to get paid any quicker and it wouldn’t surprise me if I didn’t get paid at all. But I’m not doing it for the money. I’m doing it for the people who find themselves in the situation I would have been in if this had happened six months ago.
Desperate to get paid so I could pay my bills and feed my family. Having to meekly accept their payment terms, or beg for earlier payment just to make ends meet. This isn’t an acceptable way for a freelancer to live, just because a business they are dealing with is morally bankrupt. So from now on, I will always take legal action to stand up for my rights. If those of us who can take action do so, maybe one day businesses will treat us all better.
Taking care of the environment
I’ve always been concerned about the environment and try to be as eco friendly as possible in my way of life. It’s also a value I attempt to instil in the children. After all, our generation are pretty much relying on them to put right all the problems we’ve caused. I’m quite proud that the girls seem to be well informed and thoughtful about this sort of thing. This week though, Libby has really excelled herself.
A few weeks ago, I spotted that a charity we support was collecting crisp packets for recycling through TerraCycle. I asked the girls to save their crisp packets, and I intended to send them off to the charity when we had enough. As the crisp packets built up, Libby started asking questions. She realised that charities and schools could make a bit of money by saving their crisp packets and decided to chat to her head teacher about it.
To her credit, the head teacher completely embraced it and tasked Libby with making some posters and writing something for the newsletter. She got her friend involved and the two of them have been hard at work all week. It sounds like something is going out in the newsletter on Friday, and the school will be collecting crisp packets from now on. I’m really proud of Libby for caring about that sort of thing, and for taking the initiative to do something about it.
Thursday photo #299
We’re enjoying not doing too much during the weekends at the moment. This does mean that I don’t take many photos though. So this week, I just grabbed a snap of the girls in Lia’s newly decorated bedroom. I’m waiting to find out when the carpet can be fitted and after that, she’ll finally have her own room.