Before you write a single word or start a project for a client, you’ve got a freelance contract in place. Right?
If you’re thinking, “Wait, what freelance contract?” you’re making a rookie mistake.
I used to operate this way. Land an assignment. Do the work. Submit the piece. And then find out how much the client pays…Or if the client is going to pay at all.
If you really want to make a living writing, you can’t run a business this way.
Other service professionals like lawyers, plumbers, and accountants require contracts that spell out the details of an agreement. And so should you.
Can you take on projects without a freelance contract? Sure. But you run the risk of never getting paid, getting paid less than pro rates, spending hours chasing unpaid invoices, and sucking up creative energy that could be earning you more money.
You’re smarter than that. If you want to get paid to write, here’s what you need to nail down in every freelance contract:
There’s a basic freelancing question that mystifies many writers: “How do I get paid, exactly?”
When you’re used to an employer handing you a paycheck every week or two, it can be intimidating to realize that as a freelancer, you’ll only get paid if you figure out a method — and make it happen.
That’s probably why many writers gravitate to content mills and mass platforms that act as intermediary. Then, you know your payment will come from the platform.
Of course, once you see how tiny that payment is after the platform takes its cut, you’ll likely be looking to cut out the middleman.
Fortunately, there are several reliable ways to get paid directly by your freelance clients.
First, I’ll go over payment methods — and then, I’ve got a few quick tips on how to structure your contract to ensure you don’t get stiffed.
How do you get paid what you deserve while doing what you love?
I thought about that a lot back when my freelance work mainly included writing for blogs and a local newspaper.
Then something happened that completely changed my writing business. I landed my first contract to ghostwrite a book.
That first project gave me the street-cred I needed to become a full-time freelancer and ghostwriter.
Want to learn how to land your first contract to ghostwrite a book and grow your freelance business? Here’s how:
Eight years is a long time to not know what you’re doing as a freelance writer.
But that’s exactly how long it took me to figure out how to get serious and treat my freelance career as a business.
I hope my story helps you figure it out a lot faster than that.
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