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How To Get Clients To Pay (For Sensitive Business Owners + Creatives)

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How to get paid by clients: what to put in your contracts, the best way to invoice, + 4 polite client scripts. (For the shy, sensitive business owners + entrepreneurs.)

Dear fabulous creativepreneur, freelancer, or service-based business owner,

Does the prospect of talking with a client about money give you sweaty palms?

Have you ever ended up losing money -- or not getting paid at all -- because you were too afraid to push for payment?

Does your reasoning for not pushing said payment sound anything like the phrases below?

"I don't want to come off sounding demanding and harm my reputation." // "I'm afraid I'll look money-hungry." // "Well she IS a friend of mine." // "I really want to avoid starting a nasty fight." // "Maybe the check is in the mail and I'll get it next week." // "I have no idea what to even say!"

If so, I love you + let me buy you a latte.

You're not the only one, nor are you the "bad business owner" you fear that you are.

What you might be?

Shy.

Introverted.

Even "sensitive." (And by the way? I'm claiming that word for all positive things, NOT the "ohhh you're just too sensitive, get over it" remarks that not-nice non-sensitive people like to say.)

But lousy, incompetent, and all those other awful things?

No. Those words will not be uttered on my blog.

So let's talk, generous woman. How do people like you and I get clients to pay up without coming off as greedy + cold?

I just happen to have a few tips (plus 4 fill-in-the-blank client scripts!) for you:
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