For a lot of younger emerging writers, invoicing can be a daunting process. Maybe Why Not? is the first place you’ve written for, and you’re not sure how it all works. That’s OK! Every writer was in this position once. The good news is that it’s actually pretty simple!
For detailed information about invoicing, and to find a template you can use for your own invoices, check out Express Media’s guide to invoicing here – and check out the rest of their site while you’re at it! Express Media is a valuable resource for young, emerging writers.
Quick Invoicing FAQs:
What is an invoice?
An invoice is simply a document that a writer sends to an editor or publisher with their payment details, so that they can get paid!
What information needs to be on an invoice?
Your name, contact information, and bank information, as well as your ABN (if applicable), and the amount you’re to be paid. Some places can pay you via PayPal, but most Australian publications prefer to pay you via direct deposit. If you’re unsure, ask!
Why do I need to send an invoice?
This is how we pay you! It also allows both the writer and the publisher to keep track of their finances, which comes in handy around tax time.
Wait…Do I need an ABN?
Do you identify as a freelancer?
If yes, then you really should sign up for an ABN. But don’t worry – it’s a lot easier to set one up than you might fear and it’s free! (For more information, check out this awesome article on Junkee)
If no, you will still need to provide an invoice and fill out an additional form once submitted your piece.