Get Paid Up Front
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Oh my goodness, why am I still hearing so much chatter in my Facebook group and on social media about designers having to chase clients for payments?!!
It is my #1 piece of advice: ‘GET PAID UP FRONT.’
This means for all of your services: From your initial consultation and ongoing design services, to the purchasing of products.
Why? Why? Why?
I’m on a bit of a rant once again and in today’s video, asking this hard-hitting question; ‘Why are you not charging ahead of time for your services and for products?’
Before any services are performed or products are ordered, you should be getting paid.
It’s about building trust and a professional relationship. We require our clients to pay for the initial consultation fee up front as this confirms their booking on our calendar.
Our clients can then see that we have organized processes and this demonstrates that both parties are committed to working together on their design project.
And this process continues, should a client wish to sign up for any one of our services past the initial consultation.
When we review any of our contract agreements, we detail our fee schedule so that everything is clear and easy to understand.
Help me understand
I am not trying to make anyone feel bad here, I am simply trying to understand why this is still a regular occurrence with interior design business owners.
Perhaps you are lacking the confidence to have those all-important money conversations with clients? Are you new to the industry? Perhaps you have never experienced chasing a client for outstanding payments and as a result, this hasn’t been an issue for you?
If you want to avoid that horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach as you chase overdue payments, see here how I can help you get more confidence and Claire-ity.
Always remember that you are running a business. You have your own bills and expenses to pay. You should never be out of pocket. Period.
Plus, the GOOD clients appreciate you more for it, I promise!