January 18, 2015 at 11:32AM


Long Term Freelance Projects

I recently just got hired to do a year long project celebrating the clients 20th year as a company. The end product will be a 30-40min video shown at a gala and DVD or Blu-Ray to be distributed to employees. That said, I have freelance rates in place for shooting, editing and delivering, but this is by far the largest project and longest time frame on a freelance project to date. My question is this, do I have the client pay all at once upon completion of project? Charge for half now and half upon completion? Or break full budget into quarterly chunks? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


If you are shooting several times a month, then I would bill every month for the work that you do. If you only shoot once or twice a quarter, then I would bill every quarter. If there are any upfront costs, then I would also bill for them at the start of the project.

In all cases I would be sure to let your client know what to expect in terms of upfront costs and your invoicing schedule, so everybody is on the same page.

January 19, 2015 at 10:27AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

One time in month. Is more "Secure". I don't believe in a big payments. Always happen something, you know.

January 20, 2015 at 2:09AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

Charge every month.
You don't want to work all year and spend your savings to survive.
You need to eat and live and the time you spend on their project is time you can't make money elsewhere, so it is only logical to send a bill every month for the work you did.

January 21, 2015 at 2:36AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

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