How to Pay a Freelancer

How to Pay a Freelancer

Whether you run an established business or are just starting out, using freelancers is a great way to get short term projects completed or help with ad hoc work without committing to a full time member of staff.

However, as with paying any supplier, there are things you should be aware of when it comes to paying your freelancer:

  • You must receive an invoice detailing your freelancers name and address, as well as the agreed amount and any VAT element;
  • You should request your Freelancers National Insurance number to be included on their invoice. ¬†In the event of an inspection by the Tax Man, they may choose to look at your freelancers invoices and take their details;
  • You can pay your freelancer by cheque or bank transfer, whichever suits.
  • Your freelance worked may have agreed payment terms up front or included these on their invoice, so you should pay in accordance with these terms. ¬†Legally, all invoices should be paid within 30 days if no payment terms are officially noted.


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