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Many business owners choose to form an LLC because they are unfamiliar with the many legal nuances between different entity choices, and they simply assume that an LLC offers the most protection from risk because it has limited liability in its name. In reality, a properly formed and operated LLC does indeed limit the personal liability of the owners, as much as U.S. law allows, by affording the owners no personal risk above and beyond their investment in the company-but, in many instances, so do corporations and certain partnerships. Of course if a small business owner of any entity form fails to respect the separate and distinct identity of the business or observe statutorily required corporate formalities (such as co-mingling personal and business funds, paying owners instead of creditors, or failing to maintain a registered agent), the integrity of the corporate shield provided by law will be compromised and potentially expose the owners to personal liability. Generally speaking, though, the basic requirements to operate an LLC within the confines of the corporate statutes are not particularly onerous.
Back in the days before e-commerce, every job was billed using paper invoices, everyone was paid with paper checks, and all those paper records were delivered in person or sent in the mail. Back then it was easy to put together the information needed for an invoice. For the self-employed freelancer in the 21st century, things are no longer that simple and it affects what you put on your personalized invoices. You may still be mailing paper invoices or you may be doing all your billing and payments over the internet, either using a website that accepts charge cards or an online payment system that uses email like PayPal. As a freelancer, this affects the part of your invoice that lists how you want to get paid. You may even offer your client a variety of payment options, and all of those should be mentioned on your invoice
If you do not get paid by the due date and invoices remain unpaid for more than 30 days then you have the legal right to charge interest on the money for Late Payment. Make sure you address any late payment concerns early, because they can often signal that the client is having cash flow problems, which could lead to non-payment, which is far more expensive to you than just being paid late! It is important to follow the correct late payment process if invoices have not been paid. Do not simply down tools and march off the client site demanding payment. This could result in the client claiming a breach of contract. The first step is to speak to the client, before then following up with more formal and legal action. This will involve a formal warning, Letter Before Action, debt collection agency, and finally litigation via the courts.
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