Getting Paid as a Smutlancer

We spend a lot of time, as smutlancers, saying that we should be paid for our work, and that’s completely true. But once you’ve secured the agreement for payment, there’s still a lot of work to be done — and a lot of ways where things can go wrong. Deserving payment is one thing, but actually getting paid is another. In this episode, let’s talk about actually getting paid as a smutlancer.

In this episode:

  • This week’s episode is brought to you by QuickBooks Self Employed
  • Different types of work and situations require different ways of handling payments
  • You need an invoicing/payment system. 
  • Set or know the rules for how you’ll be paid based on the work you’re doing:
    • Clients — create billing and payment policies
    • Blog sponsorship — create a payment policy
    • Writing for other sites — follow their guidelines
    • When selling products — no payment, no product
  • Be prepared to follow up when you’re not paid
    • Clients — reminders, discontinue work
    • Blog — no money, no work
    • Other outlets — follow up and nag
  • Sometimes you don’t get paid 
    • Could get an attorney but typically more expensive than the money you’re losing
    • Could go to small claims court, but same problem
  • When you pay for services you don’t receive: don’t let up
    • To avoid: set an agreed upon deadline
    • Discuss communication and notifications before work begins
    • Don’t let up when you don’t receive the goods or service you paid for

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Kayla Lords

Kayla Lords is a freelance sex writer, podcaster, blogger, all-around sex content creating human, and she really likes creating content. As a writer, she focuses on sex and kink primarily on BDSM and power exchange. She works with private clients to write their content and manage their social media, while also co-hosting two podcasts, running a YouTube channel, and managing multiple blogs. Let's just say, she stays busy and wants to keep it that way. Kayla is an international speaker and an award-winning sex blogger. She believes we are stronger together as a community than we are isolated and apart. We all deserve to get paid for the work we do, but until we understand our cumulative power, we'll all wonder if we're "the only one" doing this smutlancing thing.

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