My normal payment schedule is:
- 20% upon signing of the contract
- 30% once the design is completed and in full working order on my server
- 50% upon successful transition from my server to theirs(if I am not hosting it as well)
I have been thinking of making it 3 even payments 33%.
If I offer financing for the design services(projects with a budget of 1500 USD or more) I expect that 30% be paid and the remainder can be financed over a determined time frame.
I have found that I get stiffed a lot less if I finance the project.
Now to the topic at hand.. I have a project now that I have finished that had a $4500 budget. At about the half way point I got a bad feeling from the guy.. So I left a small security hole.. He still owes me $2250 and I have been unable to reach him for over a week.. He will not return my emails or phone calls.
The client is located in France and I know nothing about French law regarding this and don't even want to think about how much an international lawyer will cost me. I am sure that it would be a lot more then what is owed.
I do know that if I should drop all of the tables in the database that two things could happen. First I could be jailed and second he could easily get a freelancer to pick apart the site and rebuild the database.
So basically I am at a loss here.
Any suggestions on how to proceed with this..