Writing great articles is only half the story - because if you're successful in getting published, you'll want to be paid promptly as well. Asking for payment is always difficult, but there are ways to be professional about it.
Spend the time negotiating a clear contract right from the outset
I've worked in contracting in the Adventure travel biz for the last 10 years and trust me, any loop holes will come back to bite you in the bum at a later stage if they aren't ironed out at the beginning.
Organise your invoice and billing system
Build an invoice template to include the following:
Your company name (if different to your name)
Your company mailing address
Your email address and phone / fax numbers
VAT number if VAT registered
A unique number for identification - which will be useful to reconcile your accounts at a later stage
Company name and address of the company you're invoicing
Space for itemising services and expenses with a final total
Invoice date (the date you create or send the invoice)
Supply date (the date the goods or service were provided)
Payment date (the date you expect to be paid - usually 30 days from receipt of invoice)
Acceptable payment methods
Find out who pays the bills, and when
Be sure to ask where to send your invoice and who needs to receive a copy of it, then make a note of your contact in case there is a delay with payment.
Keep a ledger to track your outgoing invoices and incoming payments
Really important to know where you are at any given time!
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.