I had a voice over client inquire with me recently about how they were to pay me. I offered them several options and stated, “Whichever is most convenient for you.” They seemed surprised. Apparently in the past they’ve worked with other talent who don’t make payment easy.
Can I ask you something? Seriously… why would you make it difficult to get paid?
I would think of any aspect of your business that you’d want to be easy, payment would be one of them! If you’re one of those people who are demanding certified cheques from every client, and wondering why it’s taking so long to receive payment, here’s a little tip… it’s because you’re demanding certified cheques and making payment a pain!
Make It Easy To Get Paid
PayPal: This is a no brainer. The fees are peanuts (and you can claim them on your taxes – consult your accountant). You can receive and covert payment in basically any currency. In addition… approximately 90% of the free world have a PayPal account. (this is not an actual statistic)
Cheque: Accept good old fashioned cheques. Every cheque does not need to be certified! In nearly 20 years of voice over do you know how many client cheques (of the thousands I’ve received) have bounced? One. That’s it. One! Work with great clients, the right clients, and payment by cheque should never be an issue.
Wire Transfer: With a couple quick pieces of information you can easily get from your bank, setting up a wire transfer with a client is very easy! The fees can be a little expensive (consult with your bank) but payment is totally hassle free. I have one major client who prefers to pay me this way, and actually includes my fees in their payment. Sweet!!
Email Money Transfer: This is one of the easiest things in the world. And be honest, what’s better than having payment instantly appear in your bank account? There are no fees for you as the receiver (confirm with your bank) and often times this is easier for clients than cheques, postage, etc.
I make payment easy because I like to get paid!
My invoice clearly outlines instructions for PayPal, cheque or email money transfer, and if a client requests a wire transfer I have all the necessary information saved and can easily forward it.
Give them options, tell them they can do whichever is most convenient.
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