Thursday, February 28, 2013

Freelance. You dirty little dog.


Yesterday was a bad day. It was just no good. I woke up to a disheartening business email, the kind where your tummy drops to the floor and you can't seem to pick it up for hours after. It was a forehead slap, frustrating, powerless to control the situation kind of a thang...

Freelancing is a business that I love. I have been doing freelance writing for some time now and thoroughly enjoy writing, handling public relations, and coordinating events. It might be one of my favorite things to do (especially the writing and events part!!). With that said, the business of freelance can be awkward. Case in point: payment of services rendered. When I (the freelancer) and the client disagree about payment, it's truly a tough situation...

So, here is what I've learned from yesterday. Always keep record of ALL correspondence regarding payment, changes of agreement, and additional work. NEVER make verbal agreements without proper documentation, (even when you trust the person explicitly) and always have a payment deadline. These things seem like common practice, right? Well, when you are in the business of providing a service random little tasks come up. New and exciting responsibilities are agreed upon organically in the moment, which can make revising an agreement a tedious and arduous task. Still, keeping rock solid documentation of anything that has to do with payment is a NECESSITY. No matter who you're working with.

Nuff said.

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