Have you been paid any money yet for the first 6 weeks of work that you have completed?
If not, then I would suggest raising an invoice at £300 per day and presenting it to your customer. Make sure that you are addressing it to the correct legal entity and from your correct legal entity (include your Company Registration number). If you aren't VAT registered, then clearly the rate would be a total of £300 per day. If you are VAT registered, make sure to include your VAT Number on the invoice.
If you have been paid, then have you been paid according to a correctly raised invoice, or an arbitrary amount?
I know what I would be doing here, and it wouldn't include any further work from them until I had an agreed rate, in writing.
The email is pretty worthless - it says that they should be able to pay you more, but in terms of making a commitment and sticking something legally worthwhile in there, it's useless.
Consider if you'd employed a builder on this basis.
He'd send you a bill for £300/day x 6 weeks and £??? a day for the rest.
How would you stand if you quibbled?
I've invoiced for the first six weeks at £300 + additional VAT and that was paid. No problem with that. Things are not edgy (yet, and I hope the won't get). I agree on the previous advice that in business there are no friends, but things are not that bad - I am pretty sure we will solve it amicably but I preferred to get the honest advice about what such emails could count, which is - not much from what I can read. Once again, everything that was said is sound advice but I reiterate that we are still in very good terms and most likely things will be agreed without having to go to court or anything else.
Last edited by luki; 7th October 2014 at 16:21.
Just remember next time that you must get all key elements of an agreement written up in a signed contract before you begin work on the next one.
Having read a few posts here of contractors benched and not finding it easy, I would go gently with your negotiations. 300 and a bit more is better than 0.
If the rate is a bit low put some feelers out.
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