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How is best to ask for payment?

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pinkoneblueone Thu 22-Dec-16 21:58:13

I recently did work for a friend we have had a few discussions about payment but so far they have not paid me and it's been 3 days since I delivered the goal.

I feel awkward about bringing payment up as I've never done this before. I have also had a brief discussion asking for feedback to leave the conversation open about it but they still haven't paid me.

Please can I have advice on how to broach the subject politely?

TheInternetIsForPorn Thu 22-Dec-16 22:03:59

When Ive worked for friends I've always invoiced The same as any other client. Then chases as per usual terms if necessary. That way it's all 'automated' and almost a step removed.

pinkoneblueone Thu 22-Dec-16 22:09:29

Thank you it's my first time doing this so I am new to it and they know this. I was filling in for their usual person and I said to pay me what it is they paid them. I'm not actually sure what I should change them.

Also as I am new to this how would I invoice them?

pinkoneblueone Thu 22-Dec-16 22:14:41

I'm a photographer it was a photo booth. It was X amount for the hours covered but do I charge extra for editing on top of coverage?

TheInternetIsForPorn Fri 23-Dec-16 08:10:26

I use a free website called Wave for my invoicing as it keeps all my records for me.

I would put different lines on your invoice. The website allows you to set an hourly rate for time. But on a mother line bill per item or similar for fixed amounts.

As long as you itemise clearly what your charges are for you should be fine.

Although, and I know hindsight is great, but if I work for friends I usually fix the price up front before I do anything so it's clear. It's much harder to sort the money stuff with friends than other clients as the dynamic is different.

TheInternetIsForPorn Fri 23-Dec-16 08:11:22

How much time did the editing take? I would charge. Can you look on the websites for other people who provide your service and see what they do?

pinkoneblueone Fri 23-Dec-16 18:10:55

Thank you for your lovely responses. I notice most people do a fixed rate it took me a few hours to edit as I had to fix the background on a few pictures but I'd only charge for one. I will use wave to make the invoice.

I have asked the person I was filling in for but he hasn't got back to me. I really appreciate all your help!

TheInternetIsForPorn Fri 23-Dec-16 20:36:20

No problem good luck with. This is the problem with self employment. The only person at work to bounce things off is yourself 😄

pinkoneblueone Sun 01-Jan-17 13:56:31

Update; still awaiting payment.

I have been putting it down to the holiday period but I know they have been working in this time.

New resolution had been made from this.

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