Freelance Web Designers: Here’s How To Get Paid Quicker
As a freelance web designer, you want to make sure you get paid for your hard work. After all: you put a lot of time and effort into making each site you create beautiful and functional. The sad truth is some customers annoyingly take their time when it comes to payment.
You’ll often hear many such stories from established designers. Sometimes they’ll say only the threat of legal action makes their customers pay. As you can imagine, nobody wants problem clients like those.
If you’re a Web designer, you will no doubt have such tales to share as well. But, how can you make sure such situations never happen in the future? The following tips will help you to get paid quicker:
Ensure that you have your clients sign a contract
We all know that a contract is a legally binding document. You need to make sure that your customers sign one before you start working with them. Why? It’s simple: so you both know where you stand.
Contracts help to put all expectations on both sides of the table on paper. That way, there is no room for doubt or error. You agree to create a site according to your client’s specifications. And they agree to pay you as per your wishes.
Make your services affordable
Let’s say that you quote a high price for building a website for someone. At first, they may agree to what you charge. But, when it comes to paying you for your work, they might not have the money.
The last thing you want to do is lower your prices. You offer a premium service after all. One thing you could do is provide pay monthly websites to your clients. This is where they get charged a fixed monthly fee for your work. It helps their cash flow and ensures you have a regular income each month.
Find out who will be paying you
When your customer is a small business owner, chances are it’s them that will be paying you. If you work for a large corporation, your client and the person that pays the bills will be different people. Be sure to get the contact details of your client’s accounts payable department.
If there are any payment delays, you can ensure you don’t waste your time chasing the wrong entity.
Check that your invoices give out the right message
It’s important that your invoices are clear and have all the vital, relevant details on them. One thing you should never do is use “threatening” language. For example, don’t say “late payments will incur interest charges.”
Instead, use terms such as “please pay your invoice by <whatever date>, thank you.”
Don’t forget to invoice your customers
Web designers are busy people. Self-employed ones usually have to manage the financial side of their businesses alone. Sometimes they can forget to invoice their clients for work they have done!
Make sure that isn’t you. Getting paid is a priority in your business. It takes just a few minutes to raise an invoice. Get it done and out of the way before working on a new project.