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Would you rather Pre or Post Pay for a Service?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by EzBreezy, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. EzBreezy

    EzBreezy Registered Member

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    I'm going to start offering a service to the community, but I'm not sure how to charge. With my initial clients, I set it up so that I provided the service and was paid after the fact. But, I've had a good working relationship with those clients and believe they will pay on time (or hope they will! Pay day hasn't come yet!)

    But, when I take my services public I'm not sure if post paying will be right. I'm in a money crunch and I'd like to be paid. I've found that a few forum members will not even pay a small set up fee down without Mod approval. I like to require a setup fee, one, because it goes toward the setup as the name implies, and two, it makes me think that the buyer is actually serious about payment in the future.

    Anyway, I am putting a sales letter together so post in the BST forum as well as setting it up for Mod approval. But, before I post I just need to know if pre or post payment works best. As a customer, post payment seems nice, but as a seller pre payment would win every time.

    If I have a prepay, I'm working on a refund system that will work. I've already been thinking about applying credit or free days or something to make a pre-payment system worthwhile for the customer.


    Sorry, that's it. I tend to be long-winded. But, any input?

    Thanks
     
  2. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    I would work on your reputation first.
    You're relatively new here, have no itraders
    and your post count is low.
    I would be very cautious indeed before making an upfront payment.
    In fact I'm always cautious especially as I've seen requests to buy
    BHW accounts on other boards.
     
  3. EzBreezy

    EzBreezy Registered Member

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    Thanks for answering.

    I am trying to work on my rep here. I've taken up a few "freelancer for hire" jobs for article writing, but no one has left me any itrader, unfortunately. They where happy with my work, too. But, neither of us thought about rating each other - I know I completely forgot about. Plus, the service I'm offering isn't writing, but I guess if I did pick up some itrader points, it would show that I'm a good person to deal with.

    Anyhow, I'm gonna keep at it and simply do the post pay for now. Since there are avenue's to punish those who take my stuff and run (itraders, reporting, shit list forum, etc)

    Thanks again!
     
  4. designsonline

    designsonline Power Member

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    What services are you thinking of offering?
     
  5. TheCheesePolice

    TheCheesePolice Registered Member

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    I always charge up front. If someone backs out - Their loss. I know the value of my service (article writing for now). I don't want to risk getting scammed.
     
  6. EzBreezy

    EzBreezy Registered Member

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    Well my husband and I have been offering writing services (articles and ebooks mainly). But we have a few remote DSL lines to rent. now.

    Writing is one thing. About half the time, someone would order 2-3 articles, like them and then turn around and order more in bulk. Or, if they raised a fuss about paying upfront, I would offer to do some articles that they could pay for afterwards. But, if they didn't I could usually re-sell them as PLR on some IM forums to at least get some money for my time. But, with the RDSL, I'm putting out money for the machines, installation and connection as well as time (24/7 monitoring, support, etc) so I definitely don't want and can't afford to not to get paid.
     
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  7. jburrtucaz

    jburrtucaz Regular Member

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    I would say take a deposit of half the fee upfront and the rest upon completion of the task. That way you're both half-way protected if the other one backs out. Fair for both parties involved.