HANDLING ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
I send an email invoice with each job (for those reporters who are
online) and print and mail all hard copies of invoices every Friday.
That way I usually get at least a few checks every week.
(As far as) getting paid, of course there's no way to guarantee
you'll get paid on the first job from a reporter. That's why I think
it's a good idea to start with a small to medium job. If doing the
first job was a good experience (for you) and the reporter wants to send
more work, I think it's fair to ask for payment of the first invoice
before you take additional work, just to get off to a good start
payment-wise. Reporters who truly want a good working relationship with
you will be happy to do so. If we let a reporter build up a large outstanding amount and we continue to accept more work from them, we're just asking for problems.
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