Freelancers are making up more and more of the workforce, yet many freelancers still have trouble getting paid by their clients.

Freelancers Union reports that at the present time, “77% of freelancers have trouble getting paid by their clients and the average unpaid freelancer is owed over $6,000 in income.”

That is crazy! However, freelancers are taking a stand and Freelancers Union has started the incredible #freelanceIsntFree Campaign that is continuing to gain a lot of traction.

Reading stories of other freelancers who might have gone through what you are going through now can not only be encouraging, but also influential.

You can learn from what they’ve done or didn’t do, find out what might work for you, and know what you should do if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

The story below is just one of many and I would definitely encourage you to take the time and read more from the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign.

“I was told the contract was in the works.”

“My brother’s former boss hired me to help set-up new office space in NYC for a tech start-up primarily based in Europe. It took the company weeks to make the decision to hire me  – which I chalked up to international communication issues.

Finally, I was hired for the months of September and October to both set up the office space and plan a soft launch event for their product during Ad Week.

Because I knew and trusted my contact in NYC, I went ahead and started work without a contract, though I did send my salary requirements and scope of work via email for their records.

I was told the contract was in the works.

I proceeded to organize vendors, source supplies, find caterers, etc. There was some drama around whether to have the launch party in the office or at a venue nearby; they changed their minds about 6 or 7 times.

The indecisiveness was alarming, but I rolled with it and did my work.”

Check out the full story at Freelancers Union.