Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales

Freelancers: Beware of Carlos ‘Storm’ Martinez

Mr. Martinez.

This horror story of a non-paying client in New York comes to us via the delightful and important new resource, a compendium of stories about projects gone bad.

Mr. Martinez, a sound engineer, commissions a redesign of his brand and website for about $1,000. Developer puts together the site, which gets rave reviews on, turns it in, and sends the bill sometime later. Mr. Martinez refused to pay the full amount—the reason why is unclear. “When I finally sent him the bill, which was for a rate that’s about 1/3 of what I charge now about a year later, he said the most he would pay for the entire brand redesign, logo, website, and back end was $500, less than half the price,” wrote developer Jeff Escalante, who works at Carrot Creative and at the time was a recent grad. Read More