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Let’s Talk About Invoicing Again

invoicingInvoicing seems to baffle more than a few freelance writers. I know because I get questions. Not only that, my article Sample Invoice for Writing & Editing Work continues to get a high number of visits every week even though it was written ages ago.

My hunch is it’s not the mechanics about invoicing or even setting up a reliable process for making sure it’s done on a regular basis that’s the problem. Both of those invoicing procedures are important in running your freelance writing business or any freelance business.

No, I think something else is going on about invoicing

When freelance writers have trouble invoicing I strongly suspect it’s because they have money issues. These issues tend to fall into three areas:


  • Poor self-worth often leads to money issues
  • The idea that talking about money is rude or to be avoided
  • The sense that profit is only for others.

If any of these are in place, your thinking about invoicing probably needs to be adjusted. Fortunately these are fixable. Let’s look at them one at a time.

Self-worth and money are often hard wired together

If you’re short of self-worth, invoicing can be difficult and even impossible because in our society the two seem hard wired together for many. There is a tendency to think if we don’t have enough money it says something about our skills and our worth as a human being.  Most experts agree this simply isn’t true. Your worth as a person and a writer and the amount of money you bring in are apples and oranges. You have only to look at certain well known rich people to see that this is true.

You can improve your self-worth. It takes effort, but as you succeed you’ll find invoicing gets easier. How Freelance Writers Can Choose Self-Confidence may help.

It’s okay to talk about money

Really, being able to talk freely about money is part of being an adult. Oh, I don’t mean with strangers, but with family members, friends and clients even if they haven’t hired you yet. Think about it. We all deal with money almost every day – at the grocers, when we pay our rent or mortgage and other bills and when we take a friend out to lunch or they take us. Part of your relationship with clients hinges on money; you need to be able to talk about it.

The article,  It’s Okay For Freelance Writers To Talk About Money – Out Loud! will give you some tips.

You’re entitled to make a profit

Yes, as a solopreneur you’re entitled to a profit. Profit is defined as:  a financial gain, especially the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating, or producing something, according to Google.

Note profit is above or more than just breaking even.

It means earning more than your expenses, etc. How much profit is pretty much up to you, which is why it can make invoicing difficult. Part of the self-worth problem may mean you don’t really believe you should be making a profit.

Take a look at Yes! You’re Entitled to a Profit and see if that shifts things for you, at least when it comes to invoicing.

You know, an invoice is really just a notice or reminder to a client that it’s time for them to pay you. That’s all it is.

Write well, and invoice often,

Anne Wayman, freelance writer

 

 

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  • Always be professional and mature, regardless of your client’s behavior.
    Don’t be afraid to confront the issue – the longer you wait, the harder it is to collect payment.
    Start out friendly and understanding. You’ll have plenty of time to dig in and express your disappointment as the situation drags out.
    Phrase your statements as the choice your client has made (e.g. “I have no choice but to,” “I’m disappointed that I’m forced to,” etc.)

  • Hi Catherine,

    Thank you for this thoughtful article. It can be difficult to transition from a college/unpaid internship environment to making a career. Learning to appraise our own worth and to advocate for ourselves is an important step to freelancing. We could all benefit from remembering to think about our own worth once in a while.
    Kimmy T recently posted..The Five love Languages:My Profile

    • Kimmy, most people know me as Anne – just sayin’
      Yes, the transition to freelancing can be difficult. Balanced self-appraisal is part of it for sure…

      Love you new site… doesheloveme.org – you’re off to a great start.

  • Hi Anne, this is a fantastic article and I love the articles that you have linked to – they are really valuable reading. I don’t have a problem with invoicing – but I do have a problem with self-confidence and it’s always good to read more about ways to overcome it.

    Thanks again x
    Sarah Charmley recently posted..What to do when your freelance business seems stuck in a rutMy Profile

    • Thanks Sarah… let’s see what else I can come up with around self-worth and self-confidence.

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