About The Time I Staged a Mini Sit-In To Get My Money
This freelancing life ain’t easy, man. Contractors and non-traditional employees know how that 1099 struggle is real. Net30 and Net45 is the devil but we just gotta deal with it because it’s either we wait orrrrr just don’t do any work and get put out. So we wait.
It sucks too because waiting 2-3 months to get paid for work you do can put you in dire straits. You gotta stockpile all your money and ration it out because it might be another 90 days before you get more. THAT AIN’T FAIR!
Anywho, I say all this to talk about the time when *INSERT COMPANY I WAS DOING REGULAR WORK FOR* got especially terrible about their payment schedule. To get paid, you had to send one person an invoice which then got sent to someone else and then that someone cut a check. AND on top of all that, it was Net45 but honestly, that 45 days was often stretched to 60. At this point, it had been like 3 months since I did work for them and still, no check.
OH THE RAGE! Can I pay my bills on time like the responsible adult I’m faking to be?!?! DAMB!
So I got to the point where I was super frustrated and this truant ass check was leaving me all in dire straits. I wasn’t getting answers on when to expect it either so I decided to just do something about it instead of wait. I put on my Harriet Tubman tshirt (where she’s holding her gun) and rolled up to their office. I needed them to liberate my damb monies so I had to dress for the occasion.
I got to their office and said a pleasant “hello” to their receptionist.
“Hey. I’m here to get my check.”
“Oh. We weren’t expecting you. We don’t cut checks today.”
*pause* “Let me call accounting.”
“Cool. I’ll wait.” *sits down*
She makes her call and is looking at me sideways. I was looking like I had all the time in the world too. I pulled out my iPad mini and was playing games. I was there with a purpose: to free my monies from their clutches. And it took 45 minutes but someone from accounting came out with my check.
I walked out, vowing to never work with them again. EFF YOU, pay me, bro. Why do I have to show up at your establishment for you to pay a G?
These checks ain’t loyal.
Shoutout to Araminta Ross (aka Harriet Tubman), who continues to be a freedom fighter even after all these years. For those who are wondering, I don’t know where you can get this tshirt. A friend of mine bought it for me years ago and even she can’t remember where she got it from. If I could, I’d own it in 10 different colors.