When should you send your bill?

  Right away, of course. Bill early, bill often. If the assignment is of a certain size, you bill even before you start. (“Only $1800 is required to begin. Nothing else is due until you receive the text.”) I must be the only freelancer in history who took too long to send a bill. Like a dope, I(…)

Money: The three-day rule

Don’t discuss this with your friends who have regular jobs. They won’t get it. Or, they will think this is unfair. But never mind that. You and me, as free-range and self-sustaining independents, we cannot think like those salaried folk. We are not beholden to the unfortunate economics of being an employee. Here’s our rule: Set things up so you can(…)

How to raise a rate, boost a fee

Situation: You’ve been charging a client XXX for a certain type of piece. Or you’ve been billing them XX per hour. Or YY per page, per day, per meter. And now you need to raise that. Maybe because you guessed wrong initially. Maybe the work is a flaming hairball from hell. Maybe the client is(…)

Net 30 days. It has to go. A guest rant.

Are you waiting for a check right now? Here’s a guest post from a freelance User Experience consultant who has waited too long, too often, for clients to pay. Happens to be my brother.   By Chris Kania I never understood the logic of doing work for a large company, and then waiting 30 days(…)

First things first

If you have two assignments on the desk, which do you work on first? The one that is due first? The harder, more challenging one? The one you like the least? Nah. I always work on the one that will pay me sooner.        

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