I currently work full time for a client. I know that isn't the definition of freelance, but certain characteristics of our relationship lead me to believe that I'm still a freelancer. That being:
- I am self employed
- I work remote and choose my own hours
- I can say yes or no to any projects he gives me
- I can take as much time off as I want with next to no warning required (there are obvious exceptions to this)
- I can, and do, take breaks to work with other clients periodically
- While I work full time for him I have no contract what so ever
The first five are the characteristics of a dream job, but number 6 was an accident. I was first employed by him via a freelancing platform, but after two weeks he was banned from there due to a violation of their T&C by asking for English speaking freelancers in the title of a job post. It was at this time that he asked me if I would like to get paid directly. To this I readily agreed to. Because of this sudden change no contract of any sort was drawn up. At the time I also had no reason to doubt that I would get paid. Because:
- I had already been paid by him twice already
- His business was in a tail spin when I joined. I personally replaced 5 other developers. Meaning he needs me. (He seems to attract all the freelancers who don't know what they are doing)
And that being said I do always get paid, but I have yet to be paid without having to remind him.
The way payment is supposed to work is I send him my time sheet every Tuesday and he pays me for the previous Monday to Sunday. He apparently pays about half of his freelancers this way. The others are paid via the freelancing platform. He is in Australia and I am in the UK so I send him my time sheet every Monday evening my time. By the time I get up on Tuesday it is already about 5pm down under so he has had all day to pay me. I normally wait till Tuesday evening my time before messaging him and every time, like clock work, he get back with the phrase "I will pay today". He has only once said sorry, normally it's just those 4 words.
It's Wednesday today and even after a reminder this morning still no payment. If I was to say what I feel then I'd be gone in a heart beat and at the loss of a weeks pay since there is no contract.
So my question is this:
What can I say to a full time client who always pays, but just always late and I don't have a contract with
P.S. I have definitely learned my lesson about contracts...