Any freelancer or business owner knows that it sometimes takes a long time to get paid. Some clients are very timely in their payment habits, while others…aren’t. This can lead to awkward situations, reminders, and disappointment. For professionals desperately waiting for the money they’re worked so hard to earn, the situation can be discouraging.
Fortunately, one effective way to get paid on time, more often is already at your fingertips. Invoice Home’s suite of invoice templates are an easy and professional way to tell your clients to pay up. They have a number of advantages you may not have considered.
- Include Company Logo and Other Images. Many of your clients will be overrun with invoices and payment requests from lots of different sources. It’s important for you to find a way to make yours stand out. Many of Invoice Home’s templates include spaces for you to include your own Logo, or any other image you want. Finding ways to make your template unique to your company is a way to make it stand out from the rest of the pack. It could result in getting you paid a little faster than usual.
- Use Invoices are Delivered from a Third Party. Many payment requests are processed through payment systems like Paypal. While some of these requests are built into tried and true systems, some companies and individuals find it easy to overlook these requests. Using an independent invoicing system allows the invoice to be delivered by a third party, not affiliated with overused payment brokers.
- Deliver Invoices Yourself. In addition to having invoices delivered through companies like Invoice Home, it’s a good idea to download and send the invoice yourself. It can function as a reminder. Some clients are more likely to pay when reminded, or when they’ve received requests from more than one source. It may take some trial and error to learn what works with your client.
- Ask for Half Payment Up Front for Larger Projects. If a client wants you to work on a large project, but is known to be slow on payment, ask for half of the money up front. Not only will this insulate you from the consequences of tardy payments, it will be a gentle hint to the client that their current payment habits are not acceptable, without being so forceful as to lose you the business.
- Deliver Digitally and By Mail. Redundancy is sometimes effective at triggering payments from sluggish clients. If your client doesn’t respond to the invoice you email to them, print the same invoice and mail it. This sometimes works for clients who may not be as internet savvy as you. In any case, finding new ways to gently remind clients that you haven’t been paid is as good a way as any to prompt payment.
There are many creative invoicing methods that can get you paid faster, without resorting to angry emails and phone calls so often associated with non-payment. Invoice Home has a suite of invoices that fit every style and purpose. Used appropriately, they can get you paid sooner.