I did some design work for a company that was thinking of hiring someone to join their team. It was all very informal and I was introduced to the owner by a mutual friend. I made it clear that I was a freelancer, and so for two days I did some work for them. Things were kind of shoved down my throat and I tried my best to handle the projects. After the two days we exchanged emails. He told me if I didn't like the offer, that I could just send an invoice and he'd pay me for the work I did so far. He them offered me a position of $11 an hour and I said no thanks. I sent him an invoice and this is the e-mail I got back with my remarks in parenthesis:
"So you show up late both days for work (not true, only second day). Your first and second possible day. 2 and a half hours late the second day (an hour and a half). Don't show up or call the next day (Monday) when you know we had a job you were in the middle of (I made it clear I was only available on two days). Your rate, albeit a good rate for a freelancer, was totally not agreed upon. (there was no contract signed at all anywhere) You did one usable job. Which was the logo which you just combined istockphotos as directed. The client received the indesign file and described it as horribly put together and claims they had to redo it all. The one job we needed you for you didn't complete and we ended up losing the project. I delivered the half-complete indesign file to my client as a show of good faith. So minus your invoice we lost a $3500 job. (told me it was just a template. had no idea the project cost that much) So $3500 - $362.50 = $3137.50 due to COMPANY. You forgot to include the logo on there so we owe you about $100 additional. So your at $3037.50. As a freelancer you should be using your own stock photograpy which totalled $50. (He told me to download some stock photos himself and use the company's account) So you're at $3087.50. COMPNAY is fair so I'm going to give you net 30 on this one. So we'll expect payment by June 18th. After that I'll forward to my legal representative, NAME OF LAWYER, ADDRESS, CITY, AND STATE. Thanks again for your time. We look forward to working with you again in the future. Although, we may be reconsidering that part-time job we offered you. I keep you in the loop."
What do I do?
tl;dr i sent company an invoice and now they won't pay and are threatening to use legal force against me for doing two days of work. I have all email correspondences