A Better Way to Handle Late Payments

Ditch the stress and frustration with this two-step system

Lindsey Danis
Freelancer’s Hub

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Late payments create two problems for freelancers. If you rely on that money to pay your bills and a check is late, it impacts your cash flow. This creates stress and can lead to additional negative consequences, like late fees from bills that weren’t paid on time.

The second problem is sneakier: every late payment creates extra work for you. You need to follow up with that client or editor to get paid. If your emails are not met with a fast apology and immediate assurance they’re looking into it, you can wind up frustrated and resentful.

How Late Payments Create More Work for You

Last year, it took me nine months to get paid for an essay I wrote for a particular personal essay site. It had been published, but my payment never came. My editor ghosted my multiple emails asking about payment. I was this close to serving them with a DMCA takedown notice when another editor tweeted a call for pitches. On the spur of the moment, I fired off an angry tweet asking where my money was.

The editor asked me to email him an invoice and promised to look into it. Every step of the way, he was respectful and courteous. Apparently, they’d switched their accounting…

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Lindsey Danis
Freelancer’s Hub

Writer. Traveler. Queer. Passionate about self employment, LGBTQ finance and the writing life. Visit me at http://www.lindseydanis.com