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5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up

Past Due Blue StampHas this happened to you? You slave away meeting a freelance client’s deadline, send in your invoice, and then…nothing.

Your client is smelling like a deadbeat.

What can you do about it? Plenty.

As it happens, I’ve had my share of clients who drag their heels on payment. Over the years, I’ve developed a system for making sure those checks arrive…more on that below.

First, here are my five best tips for rounding up those stray checks:

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Why Some Freelance Writers Earn Big Bucks While Most Slave for Peanuts

Well-paid freelance writer

Do you sometimes feel like an easily replaceable cog in the vast wheel that is the freelance writing marketplace?

If so, you’re not alone.

With all the $5 or $10-a-post writing gigs online, it’s easy to feel writing has simply become a cheap activity — and that clients don’t appreciate the work you do.

Here’s one email I got recently that perfectly sums up the problem many writers face:

“The thing I struggle with is that I am unable to land a gig where the client really values what I do. Since the clients I worked with have a number of writers on the rolls, they always treat each writer as just another disposable commodity. Which is worrying, because it means they will drop me any time they want.

“So how I do go about building a relationship where I’m not just another writer?”–Ryan

Great question! That’s exactly what you want to do if you’re going to become a successful, well-paid freelance writer. Here’s how:

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140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014

By Jennifer Roland Way back in 2010, Carol decided to bust a move here on the blog. As an advocate for writers seeking out good-paying work rather than writing for “exposure” or pennies, she decided it was time to start

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Is This Inappropriate Emotion Killing Your Freelance Writing Income?

I’ve got a question for you today, writers. How do you feel about your freelance writing clients? I ask because today’s topic is just that — the feelings we have for our clients. Because business isn’t all dollars and cents.

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Your 10 Favorite Posts of the Year About Freelance Writing & Blogging

As I start a new year with this blog, I always have one question on my mind — what do readers of  Make a Living Writing need to know most? One way I’m finding out is with my subscriber survey

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6 Figures in Year Two: One Writer’s Success Tips

By Shawndra Russell If you’re a writer, you should be skipping in the streets, because we are needed more than ever. Evidence: I was able to ramp my writing business to six figures by the end of my second year

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