You work hard, market yourself, and deliver on time. Then comes the moment when you would like to get paid. This seems reasonable and a tad obvious, but it doesn’t always happen. Payments are excruciatingly late or never arrive at all. And it can be heartbreaking. There are steps we can take as business owners to reduce the chances of getting stiffed when a project wraps up. It is important, for example, to set healthy boundaries that protect both the client and ourselves.
This post is part one of a two-part series focused on getting paid for the work you do, and ultimately building healthy client relationships. Today’s post provides tips for laying the correct groundwork. Friday’s post will troubleshoot problems you may already have encountered with past-due clients. So unless you enjoy burning the midnight oil for free, keep reading.