One of the downsides to running your own business is unpaid invoices. Unfortunately it can impact bloggers too, and you might want to consider going to small claims court to get your invoice paid. Legally, before you can do that, you need to send a letter before action. Here is a letter before action template for you to use to get those unpaid blogging invoices paid!
Finding an example letter like this for bloggers can be tough, which is why I am sharing the exact one that I use, and have sent to brands to get those pesky unpaid invoices paid.
I have found that in most cases a letter before action has worked and ensured I received my payment. I did have one invoice that still didn't get paid after the letter before action, however because it was for less than £100 I just deleted the blog post and left it at that. If it was for a bigger amount I would have continued with a small claims court case.
Should you post or email your letter before action?
I am all about the posting life – it feels more serious to have a letter delivered demanding payment.
If you cannot find an address to send it to, or you want to post it AND email it, you can do that too.
When to send a letter before action?
It is completely up to you when you send your letter before action.
I have 30 days terms on my invoices, however some of the brands I work with might have 60 or 90 day terms.
Once the 60 days have passed and the brand hasn't told me about their 90 days terms, and I have chased up the invoices for a few weeks, I will then send my letter before action.
Letter before action template
Here is the exact letter before action that I send out to brands who have ignored my unpaid invoices.
To use it, click through to Google Docs and then click on ‘File>Make a Copy' so that you have an editable copy.
Other tips for getting paid on time
Getting paid on time from brands is mostly fine, but sometimes you do run in to problems.
Here are some tips for getting your invoices paid on time:
- Send your invoices on time
- Include clear payment details on your invoices
- Add your IBAN and Swift code to your invoice template
- Send a reminder a week before payment is due
- Once the due date has passed be sure to chase regularly, asking if there is anything you can do to speed up payment