This talk, which took place a full three years ago at Creative Mornings in San Francisco, is just as powerful today as it was then – in fact I often send the link to freelancers who are struggling to get an invoice settled with a troublesome client.

The premise of Mike Monteiro‘s talk is simple: you’ve done the work, so you deserve to get paid. Don’t accept excuses, don’t do more work for free, don’t be held hostage by a boisterous client or onerous payment terms. Fuck them – get paid.

Don’t forget that if you’re struggling with a late paying client we know the right people.

Photo by Rafael Castillo