How to make sure you get paid on time, every time

By
Katie Rothstein
September 23, 2021
Interviewer:
Interviewee:
By
Katie Rothstein
September 23, 2021
Interviewee:
Interviewer:
Go Back

How to make sure you get paid on time, every time

For many creators, creating the content is the easy part. It’s what comes next––managing rounds of edits with a brand partner, scheduling posts, reporting metrics, and of course, getting paid––that’s hard. 

Payment in particular is a huge pain point for both new and seasoned creators. But there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself and make sure that you are being paid what you’re owed for the work you do.

First and foremost, be sure to act like a true business owner. When you’re working with clients, they’re much more likely to take you seriously if you walk the walk. Just ask blogger and creator Tash Haynes. She advises creators to act like professionals, giving the clients you work with a best-in-class experience when it comes to communication and collaboration. 

“​​Using my creative gifts to fund my lifestyle is truly a dream come true, but being a creative creator is only 20% of the reality of this world,” Tash said. “Eighty percent of the job is the real business of creativity, and I truly believe that that is the difference between those who find success in this business and those who are still seeking it.” 

In true business owner fashion, be sure to negotiate for both a fair rate and a fair compensation schedule. Veteran freelancers know to negotiate into the contract 50% upfront payment and 50% after assets are delivered, and there’s no reason for creators not to do the same. It’s an easy way to protect yourself and your work, and to make sure that you won’t lose out on your rent money just because a client doesn’t pay. 

Another key point is to make sure you’re invoicing on time. This is also part of acting like a business owner––it’s much easier for a slippery client to try to make excuses or cut corners on payment if you didn’t send an invoice as soon as the work was delivered. 

You can easily avoid procrastination on sending invoices when you use Lumanu’s invoicing tool, because all you need is the brand manager’s name and email address to send a perfectly formatted invoice directly to their inbox. And more good news: If you send an invoice through Lumanu, you have the option to cash out instantly with Lumanu EarlyPay. 

Once the invoice has been sent, make sure to keep track of it! The reality is that creators and anyone who works on a freelance basis is ultimately responsible for chasing their own paycheck. Thankfully, you can see all of your outstanding invoices in your Lumanu dashboard, and we’ll even send automated reminder emails to clients who haven’t paid. 

As a creator, there isn’t a surefire way to make sure you get paid on time. At a certain point, it’s out of your hands––but using Lumanu to get paid is the next best thing.