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Lessons in Freelancing: What to Do When Stiffed on Payment

One writer recounts her journey to get paid

By Janelle Harris - August 19, 2013
There's a strange dichotomy of time in the life of the average freelance writer. Your days operate around deadlines, so you rush to interview, rush to write, rush to finish and rush on to the next thing topping the perpetual to-do list. But when the work is done, there's often a slow-as-molasses timeframe for payment to materialize. Somewhere in the universe, a check with your name on it awaits, unsigned and undeposited. When it will manifest is anyone's guess.

After writing for the same magazine for years, what happens when payment becomes sporadic and you take them to small claims court? I'll tell you because it happened to me.

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