Payment terms are one of the most important areas to get straight at the beginning of the client/freelancer relationship. After all, even if you’ve got a great client and you’re doing work you love, when payment starts to get sticky, the love dries up pretty quickly.
You need to align your client’s mindset and needs with your own, and come up with something that’s mutually beneficial. If you resent the terms you’re working under, you’ll be unhappy, deliver sub standard work and put in sub standard effort – that’s a fast route to an unhappy client and a dispute.Image Credit (CC)
If your client resents the terms you’re working under, he’ll either become difficult to work with, or just won’t pay.