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. Here are a few steps any creator, blogger, social media influencer or freelancer can take to protect yourself and make sure that you are being paid what you’re owed for the work you do.
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.”
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. Creators should do the same, as well as look for tools that offer Creator Protection. 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.
Send invoices 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.
Track your invoices
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. get started today!