Do you trust your clients? Do they trust you?
There is no reason to work with people you don’t trust. If you suspect they will not pay you or treat you badly, you shouldn’t be working with them.
Some Indy Coders act like this is inevitable, that many customers will be untrustworthy and they are stuck. I disagree. In my more than 9 years of being independent, I have never worked with a client who I didn’t trust to treat me fairly. And their behavior suggests that they trusted me, too.
I spoke with a colleague recent who is struggling ...