How to proceed with payment
Thread poster: KirstenH

KirstenH  Identity Verified
South Africa
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Nov 26, 2012

Hi everybody!

I am just busy getting started as a freelancer and wonder how best to proceed with invoicing.

Is it normal to send the translation before any payment has been made? Or do I first ask for my payment?

Also, I am located in South Africa and not sure what the best way for international clients is. PayPal is not very established here yet to receive money.

Would be great to get some insights.

Thank you a lot.

Best,

Kirsten


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Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
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Invoicing Nov 26, 2012

You are not the only one, have not had a job, so do not have VAT number and do not know how to fill it in, when to fill it in, would also like help with this

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Peter Gleason  Identity Verified
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Some Insights Nov 26, 2012

To answer your question, yes it is common to receive payment after delivery.
Paypal isn't established in a lot of places. I would think Skrill would work for you.

Hope that helps.


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Koen Speetjens  Identity Verified
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Pre-payment is not very usual Nov 26, 2012

As with so many other service-orientated professions, the payment is done after the job is delivered. Sometimes, for example in case of a large job for a client you haven't worked for before, you could agree upon an advance payment, but the normal process is to bill after delivery. I usually invoice at the end of the month and cover up all the jobs that were done for that client. I have found out that it's nice to have payment terms, but when you deal with agencies these are worthless: they have their own and they stick to them...

I prefer wire transfers, but that's also a thing that (in my situation) often is decided by the agency. A certain large agency even pays only with checks...

About VAT: as it is here, I have to be registered and have a VAT number that I have to write on my invoices. I'm not sure what the rules are in other countries, but I guess it's the same in many countries.

Good luck!


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Lots of info here on ProZ.com Nov 26, 2012

Hello Kirsten,

Do please spend some time looking through this forum, and especially the "Getting Established" one, as there is already loads of information here. I think just about every question has already been asked a zillion times, but don't let that put you off it you can't find a particular answer.


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Seriousness of the client Nov 27, 2012

Koen Speetjens wrote:

As with so many other service-orientated professions, the payment is done after the job is delivered. Sometimes, for example in case of a large job for a client you haven't worked for before, you could agree upon an advance payment, but the normal process is to bill after delivery. I usually invoice at the end of the month and cover up all the jobs that were done for that client. I have found out that it's nice to have payment terms, but when you deal with agencies these are worthless: they have their own and they stick to them...


I jump on the job quickly if pre-payment is offered since it indicates seriousness of the client.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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KirstenH  Identity Verified
South Africa
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Thanks Nov 27, 2012

Hello everybody

Thank you very much for all your answers.

They really help.


I wish you all the best for the remaining year.


Best wishes,

Kirsten


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Advance payment Nov 27, 2012

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.) wrote:

I jump on the job quickly if pre-payment is offered since it indicates seriousness of the client.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


It can also indicate a scam so I suggest Kirsten first read the Scam forum here at ProZ.


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