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Want to Get Paid? Nail Down Details in the Freelance Contract

Nail Down Freelance Contract Details to Get Paid. Makealivingwriting.com

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:

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How I Turned One Failed Article into Two Big Writing Assignments

Two big writing assignments from one article mistakeI was down to the wire.

The clock was running out, and I had to get this piece — my first-ever paid blog post — to my editor in New York by 5 p.m. The menu bar on my laptop read 1:33 p.m. Pacific time, giving me less than half an hour to clean up my act and hit SEND like a champion.

I know what you’re thinking. I should’ve started earlier, right?

But the problem wasn’t that I had too little. I had too much.

How much?

About double the target word count.

My undoubtedly brilliant article comparing toilets around the world (we’re talkin’ pure glamour here, folks!) was way too long, and I could already hear that horrible sound in the distance: a New York City toilet flushing, with all my hard work―and my paycheck!―swirling down with it.

Instead of giving up, I got my piece into my editor‘s inbox within 27 minutes. And I got paid. Twice.

Here’s the strategy that saved the day.

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