4. Invoice properly
Proper invoicing procedures are vital for freelancers since they save time, legal hassle, and help you keep track of finances. Download some quality invoice software to streamline your payments management so you can focus on results and deadlines.
How you manage your business revenue can make or break your business, so that‘s why you should produce professional, timely, and accurate invoices for your clients. Consider setting up Webflow Client Billing to set your clients‘ monthly charges and charge them directly, and stop wasting time on old-fashioned manual invoices.
5. Raise your rates
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: raising your rates not only gives you the opportunity to work on fewer projects for more money, but also to attract a better class of client. They consider your work a good investment, so if you are a hard worker and talented at what you do, there‘s no reason shouldn’t charge like a boss!
6. Always — always — use a contract
Without a written contract, your client has no legal obligation to pay you — and gets free rein to add scope creep, ask for excessive revisions, and more. Take this seriously. Your contract should answer myriad questions about your role in the project, including:
- Scope of work
- When and how you‘ll be paid
- Whether you retain rights to your work
If you’re contracting for an established business, they should handle the contract creation, but be sure to review it carefully and ask any questions you might have. And if you’re creating the contract, take the time to understand what your contract should include. AIGA has a very thorough design contract template you can use as a foundation for your contract.
Increase your income by sharing your knowledge with others and, of course, charging appropriately. Offering your expertise through consulting services can be an effective way to expand your network and grow your business, but be strict about the time you devote to these sorts of prospects.
It‘s OK to spend half an hour with someone who could help spread the word about your business, but don‘t get caught in a discussion you can’t get out of! It pays to be polite, because it can positively affect your business, but be careful not to get stuck in a time sink.
Be the professional you want to be
Remember, you‘re working as a freelancer to make a living, and as unpleasant as finance and administration work may be, they‘re essential to ensuring that you get paid properly and on time for your work. Treat yourself like the professional you are, and clients and companies you work with will treat you like one too. Understand what you’re worth, what you'll do for your client, and when and how you'll get paid and you’ll succeed.