Doing business

Articles in this section relate to the business of freelancing. Tools provided include templates of invoices and contracts, as well as tax advice specific to freelance professionals.

Please note: most of these resources are available to members only.

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Things I have learned in a year of running a business

Safrean Renee Moodie reflects on her first year of running a business, with plenty of takeaways for all freelancers, no matter how long you may have been in the game. 

To freebie or not to freebie?

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Most freelancers have been asked to work for free at one time or another. Do certain situations or relationships warrant it? Maybe. Safrean Tiffany Markman shares her views on the subject. 

Commission acceptance letter

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When accepting a commission from an editor or agency, you may want to get the terms and conditions in writing. Use this template to clarify assignment details, as well as copyright, usage, kill fees and rejection issues.

 

Good invoicing habits pay off

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Invoicing may be a boring job, but it is critical if you want to make it as a freelancer. Safrean Penny Haw outlines the 8 steps you need to follow to get your invoice right. The first time. 

Quoting dos & don’ts

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Safrean Dave Henderson shares the good, the bad and the ugly of quoting...with practical tips to improve your own quote system. 

Feature proposal template

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Want to pitch a great feature story? Here are some golden rules for proposal writing.

Freelancing: looks easy, but is it?

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Safrean Robyn Thekiso sheds some light on the reality of freelancing, offering up some important advice to consider before you take the plunge.

The benefits of coworking

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Is coworking for you? Safrean Meneesha Govender looks at the pros and cons of shared workspaces. 

New client? How to make a good first impression

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Safrean Penny Haw provides a step-by-step guide to help you meet and exceed the expectations of your new client. 

8 Things freelancers need to start saying now

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These key phrases from Safrean Tiffany Markman will have you communicating confidently with clients in no time! 

Be contract terminology savvy

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There are a few notable terms you should be familiar with when creating a freelance contract or formal acceptance of a commission. Here's an overview of what you should know.

What is a 'kill fee'?

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The terms 'kill fee' and 'cancellation fee' are often used interchangeably. However, they shouldn't be. We break down the definitions of both terms.

Using the small claims court to get paid

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Sending a letter of demand requesting for the amount owed to be paid within 14 days, "or else" is often enough to persuade an overdue debtor to pay up. If not, you may have to go to small claims court. Here are a few pointers for going this route to get paid.

How to get paid

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Sometimes getting work isn't the hard part of freelancing - it's getting paid. Tiffany Markman and Jo Duxbury collaborate to give their valuable tips on how to get paid for your hard work.

How to handle your freelance account

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Being a freelancer may lend itself to flexitime and more freedom to do other things but being a serious freelancer is a full-time job. Caroline Cowan discusses how to maintain the flow of work as a freelancer. 

10 Ways to prepare for the taxman

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In reality, being ready for the taxman means taking the time to prepare in advance. Here are 10 easy ways to do this.

Contributoria challenges funding models

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Sarah Hartley from the organisation Contributoria - a community-funded, collaborative journalism platform - delivered a presentation to a SAFREA Western Cape meeting in 2015. 

Draft contracts for various media services

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SAFREA member Gwen Watkins has shared draft contracts for media services ranging from PR and events to copywriting, training and more. These serve as a great template for freelancers to adapt as their own business requires.  

SAFREA comments on proposed BBBEE codes

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SAFREA prepared a submission to the Department of Trade and Industry's draft Marketing Advertising and Communication sector charter for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment industry codes.

Marketing tips from a business coach

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Expert small business coach, Pete Carruthers, addressed Safreans in a landmark webinar, hosted from his office in Norway. In it, he unpacked the art of the sale and how to pitch and land work using specific techniques for success.

Practical website advice for beginners

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SAFREA members shared advice on the forum with newcomers, about which web design tools to use and how to perfect a website that is used as a marketing tool.

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