• Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, 9 years ago

    Upon further thought, I've come up with two scenarios where I would consider using a service like this:

    1. If the client was informed at the beginning of a project that all invoicing would be handled through Outvoicer. This would ensure the relationship was completely transparent and written in the initial contract.

    2. If Outvoicer was specifically modeled as a business that handles problematic payments. In this scenario, Outvoicer acts as a debt collection service for designers and developers. I can see this being a valuable service, as legal action on breached contracts is often cost-prohibitive for small agencies and freelancers. This way, smaller companies and freelancers could sell their unpaid invoices to Outvoicer and partially recoup their losses, while Outvoicer then bears the responsibility of collecting on the debt (basically the same model as all other debt collection companies).

    Anyhow, that's my 2 cents.

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  • Lee Fuhr, 9 years ago

    Or you can use ZenCash (boy I wish they had a referral program), which is rife with methods of positive reinforcement – lovely, mailed, letterpressed thank you notes, optional Amazon/iTunes gift cards, phone calls, etc.

    And it has a series of things to do for unpaid invoices, starting with notes and calls and moving up to legal action.

    And it's automatic (it just plugs into your invoicing system). And it's great. ZenCash and InVision are my two most solid recommendations to people getting into this racket.

    0 points
  • Frad Lee, 9 years ago

    Available in China?

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  • Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, 9 years ago

    My initial thought was how similar this is to the debt collection business where collectors buy debt at pennies on the dollar and then use whatever methods needed (legal and illegal) to collect on the debt.

    I'm in agreement with Michael on this one. There's a HUGE leap of faith required to trust another business to collect your fees in an ethical and dignified manner. Not to mention the inevitable confusion/trust/breach of contract issues that will arise when the client is informed that their payment is now owed to another party.

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    • Bryce DriesengaBryce Driesenga, 9 years ago

      On a related note -- it has always baffled me that my student loan debt can just be sold off to seemingly whenever the owners of the debt want.

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  • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 9 years ago

    I don't know if OP is the creator of this, but I'd be really concerned about what happens on the other side of the equation.

    Me -> Outvoicer -> Client

    Why would I trust you to treat my clients with dignity, respect, and help build our relationship so they come back again?

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