Freelance Writers: Do you often ask for upfront payments?

officialkent87

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I've been a freelance writer for more than a year and I could say that I've already had my ups and downs in the field. What makes me curious is the fact that a lot of writers are willing to work for a client without asking for upfront payment. I, for one, do that and it's full of risks. That's why I am slowly going into a transition. In the future, I will most likely ask for upfront payments just to make sure that my clients won't run after all my hard work.

Who among you here have experienced to be left with nothing after you did your work? As for those who chose to ask for upfront payments, how did you manage to do so?
 

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Its easier to work for some writing service. I have been working for freelancercareers.com during one year. And I feel myself comfortable there.
 

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If you are a guest blogger then .......

Freelance writers have to make a mark for themselves before asking for payment. Create a demand and then ask for the payment. You will be better paid.

You can create a fan following by guest blogging. This is another way to create a demand. Be sure to have a blog or so for your fans to contact you with work.

Check out the blog section of TechWyse Internet Marketing Company, Toronto for more details.
 

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That's right, freelance writers with established reputation receive 50% of payment at contract and the remainder upon completion.
 

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I normally ask for upfront payments. I tell my clients why I take 100% payment first before working on articles. I have a writer's website so that clients trust that I will deliver and not dissappear with their money. I got scammed when I agreed to work for some clients who never paid after I had delivered the articles.

I only agree to take payments later when I work with an article writing service I trust.

Alternatively, I use an escrow service so that both I and the client are comfortable with the arrangement. I know I will get paid when I deliver the completed work and the client only pays when project has been delivered.
 

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If I was a freelancer I would ask for 50% upfront as aixporter said. The reason being is they can easily say they are going to pay you after and then after your done writing revoke access and not pay you. With getting half upfront you know that your getting some money and then once completed you get the remainder of the fee you charge
 
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