HRoth - 6:08 pm on Apr 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
I did freelance ghostwriting for six years. The first job I did, I thought it would only be fair for them to pay me when they got the work. Well, they thought it would be fair not to pay at all--until I found out the name of their boss and said I would let him know that his employee was a deadbeat who refused to pay for good work. This over fifty bucks. Ever after, I used a contract and charged 50% in advance with 50% due midway, no work to be handed over until it was finished, although I kept them posted about what I was doing. I didn't take credit cards, only wire transfers (I had a lot of people abroad). I always did a free sample piece of work--a tiny piece of the work they were requesting--but usually these were pretty big jobs. I made out well doing that. I got out of it because I was burned out with writing, not because of lack of work.