Does anyone have words of wisdom for "collecting the check" and how to avoid the moment when the client says, "Oh, I don't have my check book here, can you send me a bill?"

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Comment by Terry Muldoon on July 31, 2012 at 6:30am

I did bellydancing shows for many years and collected payments by first having a contract, with all dates for payments as follows:    1/2 up front to save the date, then the balance due one week before.   I tell them i want cash, (bec of getting bad checks), and then i meet them half way or go to their job to pick up the money one week before).   If not, i have had people cancel on me the day of the performance when I previously did not have a contract and collect monies up front.   Believe me, you will be respected more this way and client will know u are a serious performer and business person.    Let me know if that helps!

Comment by brad shores on July 31, 2012 at 6:37am

wow... that is a safe way to make sure you have the funds.. i assume that if they cancel, you keep the deposit?

Comment by Terry Muldoon on August 1, 2012 at 6:59am

as it is written in my contract that i make the client sign, if they cancel, i keep their deposit which is to be used toward a future performance.

Comment by Greg Secor on August 15, 2012 at 2:47pm

I agree with all above (although I've never done belly dancing ;-)

I always use a contract, or rather, I call it a "performance agreement". This does make both parties feel better - having something on paper. I'm happy to accept an email or electronic 'signiture' and keep that - just in case, or often, I'll cut and paste that onto the agreement.

As for getting done and having to ask for the check....yeah.....not very comfortable at all, so when this does happen, I'll just be direct and ask. 

Comment by brad shores on August 15, 2012 at 9:33pm

i like the term "performance agreement"... i need to use that.  it sounds so politically correct also.. lol

Comment by Aaron Abrahamson Cote on August 19, 2012 at 9:33am

Does the term "Performance Agreement" pack as much legal power as "Contract?"  I just looked at mine and realized it says both in different places.  


My contract specifies a number of necessities:

• Shade
• Parking
• A single three-pronged outlet
• 15-20 min breaks ever hour
• 50% non refundable deposit
• A cancellation for ANY reason means I keep the deposit for holding the date. 
• Contract must be signed within 14 days.
• Overtime payment by the half hour (slightly higher rate)
• Relocation Fee
• You can even add food/beverage as needed

If anyone asks why - I simply explain to them that they not going to get around this process with any of the local pan players.  We all have our own way of doing it, but we all require the same type of treatment.  UNFORTUNATELY Restaurants do NOT negotiate very well, and they generally tell ME what the deal is.  

Comment by brad shores on August 19, 2012 at 11:34am

good stuff aaron!  i find that the "contract" and "performance agreement" are no better than the parties that strike the bargain.

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