World's Longest Invoice Unlikely to Be Paid

Photograph by Everett Collection

Freelancers who don’t get paid until after their work is done always risk getting burned by clients. Brooke Dixon, a Long Island Web developer who is no longer holding his breath on the $45,000 he’s owed from four years of freelancing, now knows what to look for. “There are very consistent signs,” he says. “Phone calls are returned less frequently. E-mails don’t get returned. I can kind of see what’s going to happen.”

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.