You’re about to discover how to face the one task that most freelancers probably dread–collecting a late payment.
When a client is late making a payment, it can set off a whole horrible negative train of thought starting with “I’m not going to be able to make my house payment/rent” and ending with “Did this client hate my work?”
But worse than the negative energy that a late payment creates is the very real fact that, like most freelancers, you rely on receiving your payments in a timely fashion so that you can live.
This is true, unless, of course:
- You’re independently wealthy and freelancing is your hobby.
- You live with mom and dad and freelancing provides your fun money.
If those two points apply to you, you probably won’t care much about this post. For the rest of us, though, a late payment is a serious thing and a seriously late payment is a dreaded thing.
In this post, I’ll explain how you can develop a proactive process to minimize the number of late payments that you face. I’ll also explain what to do after a payment is late.
How are you feeling today?
I hope you’re feeling well, but the sad truth is that freelancers are just like everyone else. We get sick sometimes.
Unlike other workers, however, freelancers don’t have paid sick time. There are a lot of perks that go along with freelancing, but taking a paid day off when we’re not feeling well is not one of them.
An illness doesn’t have to derail you as a freelancer. There are some steps that you can take to help yourself out when you’re sick.
In this post, I share nine tips that freelancers can use when they’re sick. Each tip can be used by itself, or you may be able to make use of several tips.
Posted September 4, 2012 in Inspiration
You’re a freelancer. You’re creative. You’re innovative. You’re flexible. You’re tech savvy. But are you disciplined?
If you think that you can succeed as a freelancer without self-discipline, think again.
Self-discipline is one the most important traits a freelancer can have. It can mean the difference between completing a job and blowing a deadline. It can carry you through those tough freelancing experiences like rejection, stress, or the feast or famine cycle.
In this post, I share ten marks of a self-disciplined freelancer. You can use this list as a checklist to determine what your level of self-discipline is and what areas you need to work on.
Posted August 29, 2012 in Getting Started
Many would-be freelancers spend all of their time learning about freelancing and none of their time actually being a freelancer. If you ask, many will tell you that they are waiting for the right time to start.
But just when is the time right to start freelancing? My question to all of those who put off starting is this: why wait?
Of course, you have your excuses. You need an even bigger portfolio before you can start. You’re not sure whether anyone would actually hire you. You’re waiting for the economy to improve. The list goes on…
If you’ve done your homework and prepared yourself, there’s no real reason to wait to start freelancing. That perfect time that you are waiting for so that you can start a freelancing business may never come.
In this post, I provide 13 reasons why I think that right now is a great time to be a freelancer.
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