Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Billable Expenses as a Freelance Writer

Oftentimes, it can be tough to eke out a living as a freelance writer. Many people manage to make their career a lucrative success, but without the drive and determination you will never succeed. Additionally, it's important as a writer to account for every cent you spend on a particular project.

While what you can bill for will vary depending on the type of publication you're working for, there are general guidelines you'll want to observe to understand the basics behind what you can bill for and what you can't.

First and foremost, if you know prior to taking on a job that there will be certain expenses involved, talk to your editor about these purchases beforehand. It's wise not to spend money on anything until you have a conversation with your editor, because he or she will be able to advise you on the publication's policy about billable expenses and what's covered.

Remember to keep your receipts to show the publication once it comes time to bill them. An editor will not take your word for it, so it's important to keep thorough track of how much you've spent, and what you've spent money on. If it's pertinent to the assignment, it's almost always a good idea to purchase whatever you deem necessary.

By spending only the amount of money you absolutely need to spend, you can use this as a valuable tool to ensure you're paid for your time as adequately as possible.

Best Wishes,

Denise

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