Accepting PaymentsPayPal, check, money order, cash, credit card…
The list goes on!
How do you accept payment for your voice over services?
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After hearing some of your stories from the previous post, it’s no wonder so many people are turning to new methods of invoicing clients and accepting payments for voice over services.
Does a check in the mail suffice when you’re working with a new client, or do you need the extra cushion and comfort of being paid upfront for your work through online payment gateways like PayPal?
Leave your preferred billing methods in your comment. Also, if you use different methods for different clients, note that too.
It’s good to know what your best practices are so that others can learn how to avoid being stiffed as well as establish a payment paradigm that works best for the voice over industry, especially online.
Let the conversation begin!
Cheers,
Stephanie

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her blog serves an audience what wants to grow in their careers as professional voice users, and more specifically, voice actors. Stephanie was recently listed on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I use different methods. I’ve never asked a radio station to pay up front on my retainer work and I’ve never had a problem.
    I do a lot of stuff for internet stations and I require them to pay up front until they establish a history with me.
    And everyone else is somewhere in between. You seem to just get a feeling after a while on who is going to be easy to deal with and who isn’t.
    As far as methods go I’ll take them all. For the bigger clients I prefer a check so I don’t have to give a hunk to PayPal. But PayPal is easy and I do use it. I’ve got one client that pays by money order (his choice) and that’s fine with me too.

  2. Stephanie,
    The vast majority of my clients pay with a check; most in 30 days or less after job completion and invoicing. I have a few clients who prefer to pay with a credit card. Those are done through PayPal, along with the very, very few who want to use PayPal directly.
    Be well,
    Bob

  3. What great threads!
    I invoice EVERYONE. I send the invoice with the audio file (or in a separate email if it’s FTPd).
    If it’s a new client, I ask for 1/2 up front via PayPal… unless it’s a network affiliate or well-known company. Then I’m fine with taking a check.
    Thanks for the topic!
    Caryn

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