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The life of a freelance journalist is full of twists and turns, as well as ups and downs.

Landing a big commission, for example, can feel like a big win. That is until you read the fine print and realise you have only secured one article, writes Jorden Roper, founder of Creative Revolt on her website.

Here, Roper points out the contract pitfalls that can damage your career as a freelance writer. At number one, she advised invoicing companies at a fixed time every month to establish deadlines and protect yourself against missed payments.

She offers a template that freelancers can use to set clear terms: "Freelancer will invoice client on the last business day of each month for that month’s delivered work. Payment must be received by the client by the 15th of the next month to avoid a late fee of 5 per cent late fee on the next invoice."

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