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How can I get paid as a Freelance Designer?
Getting paid and seeing payments appear in your PayPal or bank account  definitely feels like recognition for a job well done. Personally, when I open the email confirming a payment, I get a real boost…(who wouldn't!)
 
In my experience of freelancing, clients will usualy pay bills promptly and issues are reasonably rare. I have found it helps a great deal to set expectations on both sides, at the outset of the assignment. You should have a clear idea of what the client is hoping to achieve from the project and, even more importantly, you should manage their expectations as to what is realistically achievable, both in terms of output and timeframe. This will help you to meet their expectations and avoid any grumbling or delays in payment. 
 
If you are using a freelance website such as www.peopleperhour.com www.elance.com www.odesk.com you will usually have the option of requesting a deposit be held in an escrow account. This is a neutral, third party account where an agreed sum can be retained until a milestone has been reached. It is strongly advisable to use an escrow service, particularly with a new client. In this way, you know from the outset that the client has deposited money up front and if there are any subsequent issues you can go to the website’s dispute resolution service. Here you will receive at least part-payment for the work you have undertaken.
 
Escrow amounts tend to be a percentage of the value of the project, typically ranging from 50% - 100%. For smaller projects, it is reasonable to request an escrow of 100%. Obviously, the higher the percentage, the better protection a freelancer will have for work completed. Money in escrow can also be used as payment upon achievement of project milestones. For larger projects, this can be a real benefit to your business cashflow.. If you are dealing with a new client who refuses to agree to an escrow deposit, you should wait for a moment and think very carefully about undertaking the assignment. It may indicate they are not serious clients who will pay out on completion.

Once an assignment has been completed and the client has confirmed they are happy with your work, you can issue an invoice and the majority of clients pay promptly upon receipt of this. For others, a polite follow-up email checking that they received the invoice can be sent a few days afterwards. They may have a valid reason for delaying a payment they can indicate a time when funds will be transferred. If this is reasonable, it is advisable to agree to this upfront and thank the client in advance.
 
If payment is still not forthcoming one approach is to follow-up again with a telephone call, to advise that payment has not yet been received and remind them you had previously agreed to the terms of the project.
 
In the event that a client still won't pay you have the option of raising a dispute and pursuing the matter through the sites processes. If the client is established with the freelancing website they are likely to respond to this approach. Failing this, freelancers have the options of lodging a case in the small claims court for claims under £5,000. For larger claims, it is advisable to seek assistance from a legal professional. However, going down the legal route should not be considered lightly as it can cost more money and time in the long run.

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