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So I've been doing a bit of freelance here and there as my past threads have indicated.
About a month ago, a friend of mine posted on her Facebook she and the new company she was working for were looking for someone with video editing knowledge/expertise. Being that's what I'm going to school for, I took her up and she got my in contact with them. We met up at their office (which turns out to be the guy's apartment) and sat, got you know each other and talk about what they were looking for and what they wanted.
They told me initially that I would be considered a "consultant" for them instead of a "video editor." I was ok with this, they were going to pay me 10/hr which seemed like a decent enough deal for the workload I would have. I sat there and talked to them for about 3 hours at their apartment and told them I would research what else they needed to make this look professional.
Now I was going to consider telling them to just start from scratch on their equipment and buy a new, professional camera. However, considering they were a startup I put the effort into it to make it affordable to them and save them some money. I got back to them with the information they wanted.
He asked me one more question and then said, "Sorry. We're moving in a different direction. Send us your hours and we'll get you your money." Ok. At least I was going to get paid.
Well, I sent them my hours and they disputed it saying that was way too much. (Six hours was too much for them now..) I reasoned with them and tried to explain what those six hours were (I kept track.) They said they'd give me half. Reluctantly, I agreed and asked them to just mail me a check instead of me driving 30 minutes to pick up the money. That was two weeks ago and I still don't have anything from them.
My friend who got me the gig initially found me at a bar one night and told me her experience was just as sketchy. The lady had hired her for marketing purposes (which she had her degree in.) Initially (as with me) they had simple ideas that seemed manageable. However, as conversations went on they were wanting us to be their creative team to create some viral videos that would shock YouTube and make everyone aware of their companies. Well, both of us knew that was a pretty tall order and we tried to make that apparent to them.
Anyway, I live in Oklahoma and I don't know how to go about this. Yea, it's just $30 but it's the principal of the thing at this point. I feel used especially after he made sure to ask me one more question before canning me.