November 19th, 2015
David in San Diego asks:
Can you tell me what verbiage I should use in my Terms of Service statement regarding payment from the agent?
We had a good discussion on this topic back in August of this year. As you can see the PFRE community is split between insisting on payment at the shoot and sending an invoice with something like Freshbooks or PayPal or SquareUp requesting payment within 30 days.
Payment within 30 days is pretty standard practice in business, but many report having difficulties getting agents to pay on time.
I recommend being set up to both take credit cards at the shoot and being able to send out an invoice that agents can pay with a credit card. If you have both of these methods you should be covered.
A great way to do both is squareup.com. It allows you to either swipe credit cards or send invoices that allow clients to pay via a link on the invoice and SquareUp.com has one of the lowest processing fees around. Currently, squareup.com only works in the US.