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Professional Courtesy

Over the years I can happily report that the vast majority of my customers offer timely feedback then pay me quickly and without issue.  There have been a number of occasions where customers have wanted me to work for them very rapidly, but then disappear into a black hole with radio silence.  Then when it comes to paying for my service they take a slow donkey with a limp to Calcutta which is the opposite approach of how they wanted me to work for them to start with.  Please consider the below to ensure our relationship starts and maintains a high degree of professional courtesy.

Freelancers rely on a steady income to support themselves and their businesses. Timely payment from clients is crucial for several reasons, and any delay can have significant negative impacts on both the freelancer and the client-freelancer relationship. Here are some key reasons why it’s important for freelancers to be paid on time and not kept waiting for clients to pay invoices or provide feedback:

  1. Financial Stability: Freelancers often have irregular income streams and must carefully manage their finances. Timely payments allow them to meet their financial obligations, pay bills, and cover essential expenses such as rent, utilities, and groceries. Delayed payments can lead to financial instability and stress.
  2. Business Operations: Freelancers may need to invest in tools, software, or equipment to complete a project for a client. Timely payment ensures they can continue to operate their business efficiently and invest in necessary resources to deliver high-quality work.
  3. Trust and Professionalism: Paying freelancers on time demonstrates professionalism and respect for their work. It fosters trust and a positive working relationship between the client and the freelancer. Consistently delayed payments can erode trust and damage the working relationship.
  4. Motivation and Productivity: Timely payment serves as a motivation for freelancers to deliver their best work promptly. When freelancers receive payments on time, they are more likely to prioritize and dedicate their efforts to the client’s projects.
  5. Reputation: Freelancers often rely on word-of-mouth referrals and online reviews to secure future clients. Clients who consistently pay late or withhold payment can damage a freelancer’s reputation in the industry, making it harder to attract new clients and maintain a successful business.
  6. Cash Flow Management: Freelancers need to manage their cash flow effectively to sustain their business operations. Delayed payments disrupt this cash flow, which may lead to difficulties in covering both business and personal expenses.
  7. Opportunity Cost: When freelancers are waiting for overdue payments, they miss out on other potential opportunities. They may have to turn down new projects or clients because they are unable to allocate their time and resources effectively.
  8. Legal and Collection Costs: If clients consistently fail to pay on time, freelancers may need to pursue legal action or hire collection agencies to recover their dues. These processes can be time-consuming, costly, and can further strain the client-freelancer relationship.
  9. Emotional Stress: Constantly worrying about late payments and chasing clients for payment can be emotionally draining for freelancers. This stress can negatively impact their overall well-being and job satisfaction.

In conclusion, paying freelancers on time is not only a matter of professional courtesy but also a critical component of maintaining healthy client-freelancer relationships and ensuring the continued success of both parties. It helps freelancers manage their finances, stay motivated, and build a positive reputation within their industry. Clients who prioritise timely payment demonstrate respect for the freelancers’ work and contribute to a more productive and collaborative working relationship.

As an individual I am all about having a healthy relationship with my friends and my customers.  But, just like in real life, if communication breaks down and differences occur – sometimes a divorce is the only solution.


Any questions please get in touch, Lee.