Getting Paid

You get the shoot, you do the shoot … but then the client is slow in paying their bills. Used to be your invoices were paid “upon receipt.” Then it went to 30 days. Then 60 and now some clients are saying they want 90 … ugh. That’s no way to run a business.

Over at Black Star Rising, Brandon Cotter has some tips on how to get delinquent clients in order, from blaming the accountant to offering to swing by to pick up the check.

If you can’t get them to pay up, check your paperwork – what’s your recourse? Is it straight to the legal system? Or is there a stopover in mediation? Thursday Bram wrote a bit about mediation at Freelance Switch last week, something you need to be aware of if it shows up in a contract.

Mark E. Johnson

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