Julius Malema finally paid his gardener. As a freelancer or contract worker, how do you make sure that you are always paid for the work that you’ve done?
According to Eyewitness News, Joseph Mabusa, a gardener that worked for suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was finally paid. Mabuza claimed that he wasn’t paid for the services that he rendered for the month of February and March and was owed R1 200.
In order to get paid, Mabuza turned to the media to persuade Malema to settle wages owned to him. We asked Thirusha Govender, Senior Client Consultant at DBS Human Capital, for tips for freelancers and contract workers on how to make sure they get paid.
Govender's 5 tips on how to protect yourself as a freelancer or contract worker
1. Make sure you have a contract in place right at the start, stating that you would get paid for a certain amount of hours or milestones reached. Make sure everything gets written down and initialed by you and the company you are working at.
2. You should have your own conditions when it comes to when payment is made, whether weekly or monthly.
3. Maintain a good relationship with the company you are freelancing for or are contracted at so that issues regarding money can be easy to talk about. You don’t want to burn your bridges.
4. Make sure the company has all your banking details for payment to be made.
5. Communicate with your manager or the HR to clear the matter if payment hasn’t been done, it could just be a miscommunication.
You can sue for breach of contract if you haven’t been paid what is due to you.