If you have personal experience with freelance blogging, you’re most likely familiar with a handover and payment scenario that goes a little something like the following example.
First, you complete the work and send it over as an attachment in a well-worded email. The email will state that the task has been completed to the agreed specifications and payment is now due (pending any issues over quality). You wait for a reply. And you wait. Four days go by. You call the client to ask if everything is OK. Yes, they say, everything is fine, they’re just waiting for a final sign off from somebody else and they’ll be in touch. Three more days go by. You send an email because it’s now been a week without payment. You get no reply. You call. You’re given the run-around again. You voice your concerns and the relationship is now partially soured. You are put in the position of looking desperate to secure what is likely to be only a few hours of pay, and you resent being forced to scrap for less than a day’s pay. Isn’t there an easier way?
Investing in blogger invoicing software can save you time and effort when it comes to knocking on the door for payment (see this freelance invoice template from freshbooks.com, for example). There are many wide-ranging benefits of using invoice software.
Benefits of invoice software include:
- Bookkeeping is simplified
- Tax details are kept to-hand
- Organised client accounts that can be presented to solve disagreements
With invoicing software on your side, you can bill your clients with ease and clarity. The software will also present your fees in a professional manner, which will hopefully be enough for the client to take you seriously and pay on time. However, even the best software in the world may not be enough with some clients who are determined not to pay. Why do they do this, you ask? Because they know that lawyers are expensive and collections agencies can take up to 30% of what is collected – in brief, it’s not worth your time and effort to chase them. But don’t give up that easily…
When Clients Won’t Pay Up
If you experience a client that fails to uphold their end of the deal when it comes to paying for your blogging services, don’t give in. You probably aren’t the first blogger they’ve done this to, and if you walk away unsatisfied, you won’t be the last.
You didn’t ask for this fight, but as Shakespeare said, “Beware of entrance to a quarrel, but being in, bear’t that the opposed may beware of thee” (translation: choose your battles and hit them with everything you’ve got).
Call every day for a week (and sound authoritative). Send emails every day, too. Contact different members of staff. Become a thorn in their side. If they don’t buckle, a collections lawyer can send a persuasive letter on your behalf for a relatively small fee. This should hopefully do the trick!
Disclosure: This is a partnered post