As someone who is attempting to make their way into the competitive world of cakes, I'm sure (or hope) I'm not the first person to make this mistake...
A mutual friend of mine approached me about making her wedding cake. I was ecstatic! So far, I'd only gotten business for small things. I knew I could pull it off since I'd assisted on wedding cakes at other bakeries. The difference? This time, the money would be going directly into my pocket instead of someone else' while I continue to make an hourly wage. The couple whose cake I made are not incredibly rich. Their wedding was VERY low key. And I knew the only reason they approached me was because they knew I would work with them with payments. And I did. I agreed to let the bride make payments to me (over the course of 3 weeks) so that they wouldnt be SO strapped for cash. No big deal. 1 week BEFORE the wedding, I got the first payment. No problem. It has now been 2 weeks SINCE THE WEDDING and I have not received any more payments. And I'm starting to feel like I'm not going to. I've texted her and all she says is "Blah blah blah, mix up with vacation pay, blah blah blah, I have to see when I can pay you next, blah blah blah." I think she is just waiting for me to go away so she can say she got a cake for nothing.
If anyone has advice on how to handle this further, by all means, let me know!
But more than that, share your stories on lessons that you had to learn the hard way!
Misery loves company