I’ve just returned from a fun weekend away and am enjoying an extra day off to relax and get some personal affairs in order. Despite the fact that I should be feeling annoyed, frustrated, or worn out that an old issue from my freelance life is still waiting to be resolved, I’m feeling incredibly optimistic and I want to share why:
Being an entrepreneur is never easy. Running your own business means hard work, long hours, and requires you to be an expert in things you may be just learning about. What’s worse? There are people who may try to take advantage of you. They may try to steal your ideas or avoid paying you for the hard work you have done to advance their business. It takes a whole lot of nerve and guts (and in some cases, pure bullheadedness) to fight for what you are owed and demand the treatment you deserve.
I had the unfortunate displeasure of working with a few of these people back before I joined the ad agency ranks full-time. Luckily, I have experience in drafting Claims from the years I worked as a law clerk after university so I knew there were options for me. It took me about 20 minutes to draft this Statement of Claim – the first step in getting the money I am owed by an ex-client. I finally filed it with the Court and served it last week. Soon my claim will be on public record for anyone to see.
At first, this process seemed daunting and a bit unnecessary. Now that I have started the process I am feeling empowered and proud of myself for standing up for what is right and demanding to be treated the way I deserve to be treated. All this is to say, GET IT. Demand the treatment you deserve. Get what’s yours. Don’t give up. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy! To all of my friends busy running their own business and fighting this fight every dang day – I applaud you! Keep going!
And hey – if you’re running a small business and have any questions about Small Claims Court, don’t be afraid to reach out and send me a message. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the process as someone who has experience with the process (and not as a lawyer. I certainly cannot provide legal advice!)