Creative payment options for clients
Copyright 2015-2017 Andrea Reynolds

Have you had potential clients say they can't afford your rates? Have you wondered if you should lower your rates to accommodate those people out of fear they may just walk away? Don't.

I don't. I offer a range of payment options that may appeal to them instead. If none of these will work for them, that tells me they didn't want to pay me in the first place and only wanted free services. We're not in business to provide free services. If we were, we'd be a charity, not a business. Or a fairy godmother.

Canadian bills

Here are the 13 payment options I offer new, current and former clients:

1. US cash

2. Canadian cash

3. Postal money order

4. Check in US funds

5. Check in Canadian funds

6. Paypal in US funds

7. Paypal in Canadian funds

8. Layaway installments

9. Grocery store gift cards: Tops, Wegman's, Giant Eagle, Aldi, Whole Foods.

10. Restaurant gift cards: Cracker Barrel, Chipotle, Panera, Starbucks.

11. Phone cards: TracFone.

12. Other store cards: Lowe's, Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, Best Buy, Shell Gas, Apple iTunes.

13. S
hares of company stock at that day's valuation if it pays dividends and if it's on NASDAQ, NYSE, TSE (Toronto), VSE (Vancouver). Suggestions: Apple (AAPL), Verizon (VZ), Tim Horton (THI), Panera Bread (PNRA).

I think I've made it pretty easy to pay me. Some people will still walk away, but perhaps fewer people will have an excuse now for not hiring me. Or you!

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