Payment

Agreeing terms that will be fair to us both

I aim to keep my payment policy as simple and friendly as possible, while avoiding exposure to unnecessary risk.

Please do not be offended by being asked to make full or part payment in advance on the first project I do for you. This is not a reflection on you or your company, and the guarantee included in my Terms and Conditions provides you with full protection.

Payment Terms

You are a UK client that is not a Limited Company

First project:

Full project fee is payable in advance. Invoiced as soon as you book.

Subsequent projects:  

Invoice sent on delivery of the first draft, with payment due 7 days later.

You are a UK Client that is a Limited Company 

First project: 

First 50% of project fee is payable in advance. It is covered by the first of two invoices sent when you book the job.

Second 50% is due at 30 days.  It is shown on the second invoice. (If we have not completed the task at 30 days, the balance may be paid on completion, though in no circumstances later than at 45 days).

(Should the total sum payable for the task be under £1400 + VAT, the full amount is payable in advance.)

Subsequent projects:  

Invoiced on booking, with payment due 30 days later.

If your company’s purchasing policy makes either of these terms impossible for you to agree, please tell me this before contracting the job, so I can consider whether to agree alternative terms.

You are a client based somewhere other than the UK

First project:  

Full project fee is payable in advance.  It is invoiced as soon as you book the job.

Subsequent projects: 

Invoiced on booking, with payment due on completion.

If your company’s purchasing policy makes either of these conditions impossible for you to agree, please tell me this before contracting the job, so I can consider whether to agree alternative terms.

You are a client for whom I write 'ongoing' blog posts or other monthly tasks.

Payment is monthly in advance.

Two invoices equal to the expected value of the monthly contract are issued when the contract is agreed.

The first of these, paying for the first month’s posts,  is due for payment immediately, and in advance of work commencing.

The second is due for payment at 30 days, so in advance of the second month’s work. A further invoice, due at 30 days, is issued each month thereafter, covering the posts for the month ahead.

Should the quantity of posts actually taken in any month vary from the contracted agreed quantity, the following month’s invoice will correct the sum to be paid, in either direction.

You are a client whose project merits milestone payments

If your project is lengthy, for example a very large website that is going to take several weeks to complete, it will be broken into agreed milestones. 

Invoices for all milestones will be issued on booking the project, with payment of each milestone due before work commences on the subsequent milestone. 

If the project is the first job I have done for you, there will be an initial payment stage payable in advance.