You shouldn’t have done so much work on the project before getting a deposit.
Also what does your CONTRACT say? If the contract specifies a deposit to be paid before you start work then you shouldn’t have started work before getting that deposit. If it specifies progress payments as certain stages in the work are reached then then you should stop work at those points until the progress payments are made.
How much % of the project is the deposit? And how much % of the project have you completed so far?
And yes, the usual tut-tut about contracts etc. But ultimately you set the payment plan for a project. If he’s been burnt before that’s a shame, but he needs to get over it and realise both sides need to take a bit of a risk in these situations. The escrow thing won’t work well for you and you know it. Hard cash upfront, as this guy sounds like trouble. Reduce the risk for him by reducing the size of upfront payments - split the project into several $1.5k stages - don’t begin the next stage until the cheque clears for the previous stage. If he’s not willing to do that, walk away, it’s too much risk for you, just not worth it. Currently it’s effectively an unsecured $10k loan.
Thanks for the replies, I was trying to show client some mock up designs to show him what I could do for him. Then he liked it ask for revision, I did one revision. Im just about tto send the contract but he said he won’t pay until I finished. I feel he don’t respect my work.
And today, I just offered him another way for him to pay in several parts. He refused again.
Good decision dropping him. I also suggest you stop creating free mock ups for clients. Let them use your portfolio, case studies and testimonials as a guide to your skills. If they want mock ups, they can pay for them - the mock up process is an important part of the project, it shouldn’t be free - also it requires a lot of consulting to create a decent mockup, so you’re either just banging out a quick mock up which will invariably fail to impress, or you’re spending a lot of time on it, in which case the potential client is thinking ‘wow, this guy does all this work for free, is he really worth the $xx per hour he’s eventually going to charge me? Or maybe he’s desperate?’. Is it any wonder the guy didn’t feel like paying you upfront? He simply doesn’t value your time at all.
I must admit, this is the first time I’ve ever heard a prospect request a revision on a free mock up. That’s pretty cheeky
Anyway, best of luck - most clients are not like this, just develop the sixth sense to sniff these time wasters out at the earliest possible opportunity.