About the Author: Kris Broda

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As the co-founder of brodmin, Kris has more than 10 years’ experience in Trust, Fiduciary and Corporate services industry. He worked at UBS as Senior Compliance Associate and shortly moved to assist HSBC with a new project as KYC Analyst. Follow him on @realbrodmin and LinkedIn

13 Comments

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    Steve 16/12/2020 at 23:00 - Reply

    I have already been duped twice now, but not anymore. I’m asking for at least 50% upfront from now on. If the client doesn’t want to do things this way then we don’t work together at all. I only keep working with people that keep their word and respect my work.

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      Kris Broda 20/12/2020 at 14:09 - Reply

      @Steve, sorry to hear that you have been affected by unpaid/late payments.

      Unfortunately, this happens far too often to far too many! Taking a 50% deposit is a great idea and smart move, but not everyone is in a position to do this.

      That is one of the reasons we’ve set up our directory – to help those that want to warn others about consistent late payers!

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    Alexander 18/12/2020 at 10:07 - Reply

    Why do you think we shouldn’t report unpaid invoices? Isn’t it a good idea to let others know about a “bad” client even if it’s the first time they did this? I agree with repeat offenders, that’s a given I feel. But what about first timers? What if this person/business does this “one time” late payment again and again to different businesses?

    Some people never learn and by not reporting them, aren’t we encouraging such behavior even in cases it happens rarely? What I’m trying to say is client A is late in paying me, business B. He pays me eventually but then goes to business C and is late again. Then he goes to business D and is late again and so on. Shouldn’t such a practice be stopped?

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      Kris Broda 20/12/2020 at 14:24 - Reply

      Hi Alexander, thank you so much for your comment.

      The behaviour of some clients is truly shocking. As you’ve mentioned some businesses simply switch suppliers to avoid paying on time (or worse all together). What makes it worse, that this is often a ‘policy’ and not due to circumstances, let’s say the cashflow issue at their end.

      I have personally experienced this, what made it worse is that those where overseas clients, so it made it harder to pursue the outstanding payments. Any legal action that you want to take is also made more complicated and expensive.

      I believe that those companies do this as they count on sole traders not being able to afford legal help and thus seems to get away with late or non payment frequently (as a policy?)

      This is where we believe brodmin.com can make a difference. If enough of us make it a habit of reporting those offenders – any proud business owner would care about their business reputation and make sure that they pay their suppliers on time.

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        Angela 02/01/2021 at 12:48 - Reply

        I also believe that a platform where businesses can report offenders (late ones or ones that don’t pay at all) is very, very useful. Growing such a platform will take time because more businesses need to hear about it and use it, but I feel it’s well worth it. We need to weed out the bad apples and encourage good and fair trade, no?

        And yes, the behaviour of some clients is shocking to say the least. Some people just don’t seem to understand how trade works and what responsibility is. We should aim to educate people to pay on time and for those that don’t we should have measures in place to nudge them to do the right thing.

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    Michael P. 19/12/2020 at 14:02 - Reply

    I hate it when a client just stalls on a payment. If I am honest and do the work I promised I will do then the client should also honor his/her word and pay me on time, no?

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      Kris Broda 20/12/2020 at 14:29 - Reply

      We 100% agree, @Michael!

      You delivered your work so you should expect to be paid on time.

      Sometimes a client can’t pay you in the agreed timeframe – you’ll find that those clients that truly struggle to pay your invoice will communicate with you and they will usually keep you up-to-date too.

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    Sandra 19/12/2020 at 20:55 - Reply

    It’s no wonder so many businesses (50000 just in the UK!) yearly when there are so many people that like to scam others and not pay! And like you mentioned, what they do is have other companies do their dirty work so even if you do report those companies, the actual culprit rarely gets in trouble :(.

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      Kris Broda 20/12/2020 at 14:32 - Reply

      Hi Sandra : )

      The government is aware of this but don’t seem to be in a position to do anything about it. More reasons to use our platform to name and shame those that consistently pay late.

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    Amelia 20/01/2021 at 18:33 - Reply

    I didn’t even know that you could report your late invoices! If I had known I could have saved the money that I spent on getting the money I was owed collected? Glad I came across this article and site. Just wish someone told me about this earlier.

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      Kris Broda 20/01/2021 at 21:48 - Reply

      Hi Amelia,

      Glad that you found us. Going forward, let’s hope that you don’t need to report too many of your clients for late payments – but if you need to – now you know where to report them!

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    Fiona 23/01/2021 at 20:17 - Reply

    While I don’t like people paying late, I understand it can happen. Fortunately, I haven’t met many like that so I haven’t had to report them.

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    Erika 22/07/2021 at 08:49 - Reply

    Excellent blog about reporting late invoices!

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