As a copywriter, your goal is to ultimately get paid, right? But as a freelance copywriter, how do you ensure clients can pay you as easily as possible?
Nicki and Kate break down four of the most common ways that copywriters can accept payments. As you know, our team is very much against paying for anything that isn’t going to pay for itself or help move your business forward in some way. So, while we dig into software options, they’re also not a must.
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A Sneak Peek at the Episode
[2:00] Nicki and Kate start off with the “old school” method of receiving paper checks (remember those?!). While paper checks are becoming less and less common, some companies still go this route.
[4:30] Other companies and businesses go a different route with direct deposit. Nicki and Kate chat about how that works and also the importance of good bookkeeping for yourself.
[8:30] Our hosts dive into the world of electronic payment platforms, such as PayPal, as well as allowing clients to pay you via credit card. They also address how to cover those fees while remaining professional. You do not want to make your clients feel like you’re charging for every little thing, so if you’re going to pass along the processing fees, roll the fee into your project price.
[13:00] As we’ve heard in previous podcasts, Nicki and Kate reiterate the importance of being careful with purchasing software and services. You want to invest in purchases that will pay for themselves and make your life easier (not more complicated).
[16:00] When working with a client, ask if they have a preferred payment method. You should do this after you’ve agreed to work on the project. Ask if they have a set payment cycle (net 15 days; bi-weekly; monthly, etc.). That way, you can remain cognizant of their timeline when sending an invoice. Send a gentle reminder if you haven’t received you invoice within that timeline.
Mentioned in this Episode
- Tax and Bookkeeping Tips for Freelance Copywriters
- How to Deal with Clients That Don’t Pay
- How to Know If You Should Charge Copywriting Clients Upfront
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Last Updated on September 10, 2023