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Retainers?


I have a few friends who are on their own and said they are starting to charge retainers because too many people do not pay their bills. It seems a bit aggressive to me - especially as someone starting out - does anyone else use them?

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This is not something I have done myself. I wouldn't want to place another obstacle in the way ofa client choosing to use my services. I thinka better strategy is to do background research on the client first, before performing any work. A strict credit period will also help keep slow or non payers to a minimum.

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If it's a relatively small project that won't take much time, I usually give clients the benefit of the doubt and don't charge a retainer.

But if it's a largeproject that requires a significant commitment of time, I usually ask for 1/4 of the fee in advance, 1/4 when I have completed half the project to the client's satisfaction, and the rest when the project is done. Most clients understand that I'm doing this to protect myselfand have no objections.

I have to wonder about the ones who do have a problem withit...one of my friends agreed to write 50 articles fora client. They took her work and slipped away into cyberspace without a trace. furious

I can't afford to waste that kind of time on someone who doesn't plan to pay!



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