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Creative Mornings

Here’s video of my talk at Creative Mornings on 3/25/11. Also, make sure to read the companion post, Getting Comfortable With Contracts.

2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

A big thanks to the entire Creative Mornings team, especially Greg Storey and Tina Roth Eisenberg, for putting together this wonderful series. Big props to the Typekit team for letting this happen in their lovely space. An especially big thanks to my lawyer Gabe Levine for joining me onstage.

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5 thoughts on “Creative Mornings

  1. Joseph Futral says:

    I just watched the video. Got the link through Daring Fireball (FYI). Good stuff. A lot of stuff that is either not learned, learned the hard way (in my instance), or learned through people like you.

    While I sat here and nodded through you entire presentation, I do feel an important point was brought up in the Q&A, how to preserve the relationship, at least when possible, and the emphasis on firing the client being the move of last resort. One doesn’t REALLY say (well one tries to avoid as much as possible) “F*ck you, pay me”, although you may think it. You do (kind of?) want the contract to infer/imply that.

    Being clear about the scope and expectations of a project upfront is important. Or if it isn’t clear and is intended to be fluid from the beginning, you price/contract accordingly!


  2. Simon says:

    The only advice that I would add to Gabe’s is that no contract can force a client to pay money that they don’t have. You’ll just join a probably long list of debtors. Having a lawyer isn’t a substitute for making sure your client’s have the ability to pay.

  3. Theron says:

    Saw the video posted to creative bits. It was really good. As freelance a web developer in Canada I’ve faced a number of the same situations that came up in the question period. I found the video to be a resting reassurance that I’m doing things the right way.

  4. ekko says:

    And this feels exactly the same in Switzerland and France were I am working. Although the tone was quite more refreshing!

    @Simon when you write a contact you have first to really ID your client. What is the full name of the company, what is its main address, whom bills should be sent to. It’s not bad to add a check and who can sign for the company and what is its current financial status. In any doubt raise the first deposit.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great video, as a newbie to self employment its great advice. Thank you. I will be looking into Staged Payments for most of my contracts lol!

    A Resouce Based Economy would solve this problem forever ;D

    Get onboard Zeitgeist Movement lets change for the better!



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