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Any fellow freelancers have advice for getting paid? I have trouble getting what I'm worth, when I'm due. Thanks!
First and foremost - ALWAYS SIGN A CONTRACT. You may trust your client, and they may trust you, but always use a contract. It should be seen as an agreement that protects both parties. If you are constantly doing small jobs or updates for a particular client, you may want to draft a contract that spells out the terms of this work rather than having one for each project. Larger projects should have a specific contract that details the job to be completed.
Request a percentage of money down before work starts. I typically request 25-33%. And don't release final work until balance is paid.
I also charge a $20/month fee for all overdue balances.
If it's stated in a contract it is a legally binding document that gives you leverage if client's refuse to pay.
Thanks! Any advice or resources for drafting a solid contract?
I have created a contract for myself based off of this model http://www.seotakeaways.com/best-seo-contract-in-the-world/
Overdue fees! That's what my contract is missing. Man, that's a great idea. I've got a client who is 4 months overdue on a $300 bill. Insists on paying me once a month in $60 increments. I guess I'll correct that going forward. Thanks so much for the idea. That link is great as well. Definitely going to look into that.
I used AIGA's contract for designers edited for my purposes
Thank you all so much, very helpful!
I have found that being able to accept credit card payments helps quite a bit as well. It gives clients some options. I use the square card reader at www.squareup.com no cost to sign up and only charges 2.75% per swipe and it deposits the next day.
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