The difference between being a freelance writer and writing as a hobbyist? Getting paid.
Why is it that so many freelancers – writers or otherwise! – have such a hard time getting themselves paid?
My rates are stupidly “reasonable” (AKA: Too dang low!*), but I’ve never once had any qualms about getting paid. Invoicing has always been something I’ve excelled at.
*I’ve been slowly raising them over the past few months.
And considering the importance of invoices, you’d think that freelance writers would do everything possible not to make any mistakes. However, such is not the case!
Here are ten of the most-common mistakes I’ve witnessed freelance buddies and/or mentees making with their invoices:
1. Sending the Invoice to the Wrong Person/Department
If you’re working for multiple clients and you’re not super-duper conscientious, you’re probably going to slip up and send your invoice to the wrong person at some point.
At best, you’ll end up embarrassed, look a little less professional, and have to wait a bit longer to get paid. At worst, you could end up violating your contract by divulging your client’s private information to another party — which could land you in legal trouble. See more ›