This doesn't have much to do with plugin development, but I thought I'd try and send a message to plugin developers in the form of a story. A while back, someone (I won't name and shame) sent me a PM on BukkitDev telling me he would pay for a plugin. I added him on Skype, and he seemed like a pretty nice guy. After a month, he payed me the money I was owed for that month of work, and all was well. He had said he would pay on a monthly basis, and so a month later, when it came time for him to pay me again and there had been no mention of it whatsoever, I decided to ask him about it. He refused to pay me, on the grounds that he believed the first payment had been in advance (despite the prior month of work). We debated it for a bit, but he clearly wasn't budging. I ultimately decided to cut ties with him, as I most certainly was not going to keep working with someone who had absolutely no intention of reimbursing me. While I decided to stop working for this gentleman because of the issue I've just described, I was about ready to quit anyway. The reason for this: he felt as though he owned my time, and simply was not paying me enough for the work he expected me to do. Every single time I would sign on to Skype, he would be ready with another task. One after another; it never stopped. The message I'm trying to convey is that as a developer, if someone offers to pay you for work, demand payment in advance. Additionally, if you ever happen to do business with someone who thinks they own you, cut ties as soon as possible. No good will ever arise from that situation. I mentioned above that this person was paying me on a monthly basis. Only accept payments per-plugin, and make sure that the price is something you can both agree to. Just please, don't be the fool that I was. Take care when working unofficially. tl;dr: Don't make my mistake. Ask for payments in advance, don't work with people who try to overwork you, and find an agreeable price. EDIT: I reread this post, and realized that it may come off as a bit whiney, i.e. I created it just to complain about my misfortune. I'd like to clarify that that's not the case; I'd just like to warn others so that this doesn't happen to them.