In this video, you’ll learn about the best way to get paid for your work, both on and off Upwork. I’ll share with you what I do, week after week, with my own freelance clients.
(Video transcript is below, in case you prefer reading to watching video.)
Hi guys. It’s Avery, still in Hanoi. This week’s question is all about how to set up payment details and all of that once you’ve got some clients. A lot of people are intimidated by that. We’re all used to the whole employer-employee model where they just figure it out and send you a direct deposit to your bank account or they send you a check or whatever. But of course with SEO writing odds are you’re going to be working for someone that doesn’t live in the same area as you do. A check is out of the question. They may even live in a different country than you do. In which case a direct deposit to your bank account probably won’t work either. So what do you do?
It’s actually really simple.
How to get paid for your freelance writing if you’re working on Upwork
If you’re working on a website like Upwork, all you have to do is set up your bank account and direct deposit stuff on Upwork’s platform. They say it’s secure and everything else. I suppose it’s as secure as any website could be these days, and I trust it with my own info. I entered all of my banking information on there, so Upwork can just direct deposit any money I make on their platform into my bank account. So that’s how you can get paid by any clients that you work for on Upwork.
How to get paid if you’re NOT working on Upwork
Now if you work for a client off of Upwork then you have to set things up a little bit differently. What I recommend in that case is PayPal. Everybody, almost everybody, uses PayPal these days. Certainly for any SEO writing clients that you use, the odds are probably 99.99% that they’re going to be using PayPal. If you don’t already have a PayPal account, set one up and look around the platform. You’ll get familiar with it pretty quickly. There’s an invoicing feature you can use there to send invoices to your clients once the work is done. You can get paid pretty quickly and easily that way. The cool thing I like about PayPal is that they will also direct deposit your earnings into your bank account. You have to tell PayPal when you want them to transfer money into your bank account, but it’s pretty quick and easy to do once you’ve connected your accounts.
That’s it. Don’t let the questions of how to get paid stop you from getting started on this. I know there are probably a million details swirling ’round your head right now as you try to get this thing going. I know there were when I started. But believe me the payment thing should not be an issue that intimidates you or worries you in any way. With Upwork it’s super easy. And if you’re working for a client off Upwork, PayPal is pretty much the standard way that most people will want to use for payments. That’s what I’ve done with all of my clients. And I think you’ll be just fine if you do that, too.
That’s it for this week. If you have any other questions that you would like me to answer on these weekly videos, please do comment. Either below the video or send me an email. You can do that via the contact form on my website or if you first heard about this video via email. Please hit the reply button on that email and send it my way. Although I won’t be responding individually to every email I get because I get too many. I will pick the most common questions and answer them in the weekly Q&A. Until next time. Bye.