Many people would say “nothing.” After all, for a person trying to make a living, what you are paid is darned important.
Some would give a more spiritual answer. Perhaps self-fulfillment is more important. Doing work you love. Making the world a better place to live in.
I can’t argue against those values. Work is about more than money. But for the purpose of this article, I’m going back to the financial side of it.
So here is my answer as to what is more important than how much you are paid. It’s how quickly you are paid.
Sadly, the waiting time for corporate payment to self-employed, work-at-home freelancers is often much longer than it used to be. Payment far too often stretches out for interminable periods . . . or at least what seems far too long if we need the money for food, rent, and other necessities of life. Sometimes payment never shows up. As time extends and the funds never appear, we suspect we will never get paid. (more…)
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