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Monthly or bi-Monthly payment? Which of the two suits freelance writers?


Heremeout 9 | 180   Freelance Writer
Oct 02, 2011 | #1
What is your take on this?
Major 38 | 1,319 ☆☆☆☆  
Oct 15, 2012 | #2
ASAP payment usually works best ;)
charlz - | 18   Freelance Writer
Oct 15, 2012 | #3
A bi-monthly system. It is the best maybe a little biased.
ProfessorVerb    33 | 806 ☆☆☆   Freelance Writer
Oct 15, 2012 | #4
I saw an advertisement from a custom writing service a few years back (I did not apply) that paid its writers by PayPal after every order. I like that system.
JohnsMom - | 296  
Oct 15, 2012 | #5
Due to a variety of reasons, my payments process at all different times. If anyone actually makes their living as a freelancer of any sort, budgeting and saving have got to be part of their discipline. When payments process shouldn't really matter to much, as long as it actually gets processed (and of course, a six-month timeline or something like that would be ridiculous).
ProfessorVerb    33 | 806 ☆☆☆   Freelance Writer
Oct 16, 2012 | #6
You have to be careful about terminology too: bimonthly can mean getting paid every two months (ugh!) but semimonthly specifically means twice a month.
JohnsMom - | 296  
Oct 16, 2012 | #7
bimonthly can mean getting paid every two months

It not only can mean that, it does mean that. Anyone who uses it to mean anything else is using it incorrectly.
ProfessorVerb    33 | 806 ☆☆☆   Freelance Writer
Oct 17, 2012 | #8
I agree, but there is some debate over this.
JohnsMom - | 296  
Oct 17, 2012 | #9
Really? Where is the debate? "Semimonthly" means "half-monthly" (therefore twice a month), and "bimonthly" means "two monthly" (or once every two months). This is etymology, not a subjective interpretation of meaning.
ProfessorVerb    33 | 806 ☆☆☆   Freelance Writer
Oct 17, 2012 | #10
Really? Where is the debate?

Here for example.
JohnsMom - | 296  
Oct 18, 2012 | #11
As someone in the comments section of that article quickly pointed out, the use of "bimonthly" to mean "twice a month" has no etymological basis whatsoever and is the result of modern grammarians deciding that a frequent incorrect usage warrants a change in definition. It's like the fact that "literally" can now be defined as "Used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling." It's bullshit arising from laziness and inaccuracy.
findmichelles - | 6   Freelance Writer
Dec 22, 2012 | #12
Payment the next instant is unparalleled! But twice a month shoud work fine as well.
Smiley73 1 | 205 ☆☆  
54 mins ago | #13
The companies that I was previously attached to had different payment schedules. I always went for the twice a month (bimonthly) payment because I needed the regular inflow of money in order to cover my expenses. Twice a month or bimonthly payments worked best for me because I was able to properly budget the incoming cash and also schedule the appropriate payments for my bills and other expenses. While I did pay more in terms of Paypal transfer fees and the companies had me shoulder the Paypal fees for the transaction, I found that this was the best method for salary payment due to my needs at the time. These days though, I opt for once a month (monthly) payments due to the increasing Paypal fees involved in the bank transfer fees. It now makes better sense for me to consolidate all of my earnings into one schedule for Paypal remittance. That way, I lessen the fees involved, the companies I work for shoulder the Paypal fees, and I still manage to work out an acceptable payment schedule for all of my bills. So I guess my short answer to the question is, either way works for me.



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