Get the Money That’s Due to You AND Still Keep Your Clients

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 … [Read more...]

Freelancing Doesn’t Mean Working for Free

For the countless individuals who either freelance on the side or do it full-time to support themselves and/or their families, there are many advantages and some disadvantages that go with the territory. Advantages include being able to work for yourself, set your own schedule, and build a portfolio of work that can be used to gain a full-time job (should you so choose). On the down side, freelancers face … [Read more...]

The Nitty Gritty Details Freelancers Need to Know About Getting Paid

You've just taken the leap into full-time freelancing. It's a great move, but there are a few things you need to know about getting paid. When you were an employee, you probably got paid every pay period (usually every two weeks or sometimes weekly) pretty much automatically. Well, guess what? Getting paid isn't automatic for freelancers. Instead, you have to arrange for payment and you should do it before … [Read more...]

What You Should Say to Your Client When Their Payment Is Delinquent

Even if you have had a successful run with the most appreciative, responsible and compassionate clients in the history of freelancing, you will almost certainly eventually have a client who takes a payment to the point of Past Due. When this happens, it births a situation ripe with potential for all kinds of problems if not handled correctly. In this post, we will look at some ways to get that late payment into … [Read more...]

Do You Need A Contract For Freelance Work?

Do you have a contract for each freelance job that you accept? Conventional business wisdom suggests that no business arrangement should be entered into unless a signed contract is in place. You wouldn’t sell your car or hire someone to remodel your house without a contract in place, would you? At least that’s how conventional reasoning goes. Indeed, a year and a half ago, I would have answered the … [Read more...]

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Raise Your Rates

I know, I know, I've been telling you over and over again that you should take your rates and pump them up. But after reading a few eye-opening blog posts this week, I realized that raising rates might not be the best idea for you ... unless you're willing to take on a personal demon or two. Read through these three danger signs and see if they apply to you. … [Read more...]