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Transfer Your Skills: Kneecapping 101

Posted in Transfer Your Skills by Caroline Roberts on March 22, 2010
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Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension So you wanna make some extra cash by freelancing? Then you need to make sure you get paid. Academics are not known for being aggressive, so you’ll need to know how to handle it if your client isn’t paying your invoice.

Understand the invoice process before you take a job. In many freelance gigs, you’ll submit an invoice, and the client will cut you a check after a certain period of time. To avoid glitches, ask for details on the process. Does the client want you to fill out a specific invoice template? What is the turnaround time for payment? 10 days? 30 days? If that’s too long, you might not want to take the job.

Be polite … at first. If you don’t get a check by the time you and the client set beforehand, call. Keep it short and sweet. “Hi. My check is late. Can you follow up on its status?” Don’t blame them—at least not right away. There may be a legitimate reason why your check hasn’t arrived, such as a paperwork glitch.