$15, 786, 318.00
As of today, The World’s Longest Invoice shows that 2500+ freelancers are owed almost $16 million dollars, which they will very likely never collect because:
– It costs too much time and money to go after deadbeats, with no guarantee of recovery
– There are no laws in place protecting independent contractors (of which there are more and more every day) from being victims of these deadbeat clients.
According to a message I got from The Freelancers Union this week, this outsize invoice has also generated a lot of media coverage – “from The Huffington Post to The Washington Post, BuzzFeed to Businessweek, people are covering, tweeting, sharing, and marveling at how so much damage could be done to such a vital part of our workforce.”
If you've been stiffed by a client or have outstanding payments that are way past due, add them today to the World's Longest Invoice.