Billing a client

Raphael Mankin raph at
Mon Feb 11 09:47:41 GMT 2013

Small companies tend to pay reasonably promptly. The larger the company,
the longer they take to pay. I have dealt directly with BT and P&O. They
authorise the invoice after about 29 days, but it can take 2 or 3 weeks
for it to progress through their systems and get to you.

A word of warning when dealing with overseas companies. For Europe or
America do not even start the work until you have  a signed contract
specifying everything, including the payment terms. Without a signed bit
of paper they will accept your work but never pay, claiming that there
is no contract. For Africa and Asia, double the price and ask for a 50%
deposit. You will never get the other 50%, so forget it.

On Mon, 2013-02-11 at 07:56 +0000, Alex Brelsfoard wrote:
> Here's a slightly off-topic question for you all.
> I'm planning on doing some consulting work and was wondering what I should
> expect as the norm for delay between when I bill my client and when I
> should receive their money.
> Is there such a norm?  Or is it entirely dependent on the client and/or our
> agreement?
> Thanks for any advice.
> --Alex

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