Breaking into the freelance writing biz can be difficult, particularly if you don’t have a steady stream of regular clients. Anyone hoping to make a career out of writing on a freelance basis should understand that attracting clients takes time, energy and loads of professional courtesy. Of course, this isn’t to say that you can rest easy after building up a client base. Since you won’t be drawing a regular salary from your clients, you’ll need to carefully keep track of your hours and assignments. Although this may seem cumbersome for people who are used to receiving regular paychecks, the following tips will help ease you into the groove and ensure that you’re able to collect your payments in a timely manner.

Send Out Invoices Posthaste

The sooner you send out your invoices, the sooner you can expect to be paid for your work. Unfortunately, a fair number of rookie writers make the mistake of waiting for clients to request invoices before sending them out. While wanting to be polite is understandable, politeness doesn’t dictate not requesting payment for work that you’ve completed. With this in mind, make a point of sending out invoices within 24 hours of completing your work. To give your invoices a distinctly professional feel, make use of the free professional templates found at Aynax.com.

Never Miss a Deadline

Shrugging off deadlines is one of the worst things you can do as a freelance writer. Not only will this make clients think twice before working with you in the future, it can also do considerable damage to your professional reputation. Furthermore, if you can’t be troubled to complete on time, why should your clients be expected to process payments in a timely manner?

Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out

When a payment isn’t processed on the agreed-upon date, some writers are hesitant to contact clients and inquire about the delay. It’s important to realize that the vast majority of late payments are the result of oversensitive spam filters and simple clerical oversights. That being the case, don’t be to reach out to clients whenever a payment is late. In all likelihood, they’ll be very apologetic and get your payment out posthaste.

Despite all its difficulties, freelance writing can be an enjoyable and highly rewarding way to earn a living. However, like any freelance profession, it requires contractors to play an active role in collecting their payments. As such, new writers are encouraged to promptly send out invoices, treat deadlines as sacred and never be afraid of reaching out in response to late payments.