You like what you see on the menu and you order a three-course meal plus a bottle of Bordeaux. After a short wait, the food arrives, meticulously prepared by an expert chef. The meal is delicious. The wine is divine.
When it’s time to pay, you tell the waiter:
“I’d be happy to take care of the bill, but I’m afraid I can’t do that right now.”
“What seems to be the problem?” the server asks. Your response:
“Well, I’m a little low on cash right now. I’m waiting for someone to send me a check. Once that money is in my account, I can pay you. That could take a few weeks or even a month. I’m sure you understand the position I’m in. I promise you’ll get your money. Just not today.”
It’s an absurd scenario, but if you’re a freelancer it’s not uncommon. According to the Freelancers Union,