Lesson #6 – Bill collecting…

can take some creativity!

As a solopreneur I’m responsible for quotes, invoicing and collections. I’ve found several times it’s taken some creative thinking on my part to collect the money that’s due.

I worked with one client for years and for the most part received a check within 30 days of invoicing, but one time, even though I had sent several statements, I still hadn’t gotten paid. I knew if I stopped by his office I could probably collect, but I didn’t want to be obvious. So I decided to drop by with a plate of homemade cookies – fresh from my oven. I had a check when I walked out.

I’ve learned since then that the best way to collect quickly, is to quote well and receive a down payment up front. It helps clarify and define a project when I give a very detailed quote. Clients appreciate knowing what is involved with each project and it helps me to plan my time better. I’ve also found when I receive a down payment, clients quickly get on board and follow through with information. They want to see a quick return on their investment.

About Becky Bayne

Becky is an independent graphic designer with over 20 years of experience. She and her husband live outside of Nashville, TN where she enjoys creative photography, gardening, and baking for her family.