Collecting Debt from Long-Distance Freelance Clients

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Building ongoing freelance relationships with clients located hundreds or even thousands of miles away can feel awkward and impersonal at times.

It becomes even more difficult when you’ve submitted a pile of content, only to have the client stop returning your calls or answering your emails. Meanwhile, your outstanding invoice is lingering in limbo somewhere.

What do you do in this scenario? It’s natural to feel concerned or discouraged. But what is the reality of this situation? Were you contracted to write the content you submitted? Did you deliver?

If you’re answering yes to those questions, then set aside those difficult emotions and read on.

Reasons Why Clients Stop Paying

There may be several reasons why your client hasn’t paid you yet. It could be as simple as a cash-flow problem or it could be some deeper underlying issue. In any case, it’s important to know your rights as a freelancer and to pursue the debt appropriately and accordingly.

#1 — Lack of Funds

The number one reason clients fail to remit payment is that they don’t presently have the funds to do so. Your client may have come into some financial difficulty recently and is sheepish to say as much to you. If you suspect this is the case, one option is to negotiate a payment plan that is reasonable for both of you.

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Sadie Baker

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