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Location: North Carolina
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Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2010

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Comment by Candace Schuler, GPC, CFRE on December 28, 2010 at 9:32pm
Hi, Mark ~ I'm not an NC grant writer (I followed your post from another comment wall) but I am a freelance proposal writer who works from home. As such, I'm always interested in potential jobs/clients. If you still have a need for subcontractors, please contact me through my website at www.CandaceSchuler.com.
Comment by Mark Goldstein, CFRE on October 7, 2010 at 1:23pm
Hi Everyone, I am currently hiring proposal writers who work from their own homes as subcontractors. The work will start as part time, with good potential to increase hours in the near future. I would prefer to work with someone whom I could meet with in person in the Asheville area every so often, but this is not a requirement. Please feel free to refer colleagues who you know are talented and looking for work.

Thanks!
Comment by Shoshannah Smith Sayers on July 2, 2010 at 1:06pm
Hi all! I'm new to full-time grants work. For the past 3 years I have been the Director of a County-level Fair Housing department, and in that capacity I have been responsible for all of our grants, from application through compliance and annual review. In March of this year, our Department (along with many others) was restructured and merged. Since the restructuring, I am the Grants Compliance Officer for all of the County's housing and community development activities. I look forward to learning and doing more grant writing and compliance. It's great to have a resource like this for our state!
Comment by Mark Goldstein, CFRE on July 2, 2010 at 11:18am
Janene, I wonder about the types of clients you are choosing to work with, as I suspect that might be part of the root of the problem. I think that Bob (Hi, Bob!) put it well in his comments. This is more common, in my experience, with small nonprofits. I also find that the harder it is to agree on a contract/partnership with a client, the harder it is to work with (and sometimes get paid by) that client, regardless of the organization's size. So, if you find that you get numerous hurdles during the contract process (such as repeated requests for info that shows success, even after you've explained this and provided references -- or if it takes forever to get answers to your own questions), that is often a "red flag" that this will not be an easy client to work with/get paid by.
Comment by Janene Ackles on July 2, 2010 at 10:53am
Thanks Bob and Mark. That is helpful information. I have tried the monthly installments as well as upfront payments too. I may need to reword my contract or how can you establish payment terms in a contract to reflect what happens if you don't pay and what legal action can be taken? Perhaps, there is some clause that needs to be added to the contract.
Comment by Bob Zeanah on July 2, 2010 at 10:13am
Hi Janene

I have experienced some of the same problems that you are experiencing. By choice, I work with smaller non-profit agencies who need a grant writer, but cannot afford someone like me. In another words, I may be setting myself up for collection problems due to the type of clients I serve. However, I enjoy my work and feel good about the work that my clients are doing.

To address your concerns, one option I afford to my clients is to pay for services in monthy installments. They tell me upfront what they are capable of budgeting each month and I determine if I am comfortable with that amount. If the amount of work far exceeds the amount they are comfortable paying, then I suggest they look elsewhere. In most cases, I am comfortable with the amount and I know the specific amount to expect. This helps me retain a viable client as well as build loyalty with a client who looks at a large invoice from me and knows that I will accept a specific amount each month.

Currently, I have two clients that have had for eight years and one client that I have had for three years and during that I know exactly how much I will receive each month -- and can even reasonably predict what day of the month the check will arrive. This arrangement works well for me and for them.

I also have several other clients that have not accepted this arrangement but prefer to pay in full. These are the ones that generally are my problem for receiving payment.
Comment by Mark Goldstein, CFRE on July 2, 2010 at 9:44am
Hi Janene,

I would be happy to speak with you about this on the phone if you want to troubleshoot particular problems. Some general advice, though. My firm always insists on a partial payment up front, which I have been told helps establish a legal contracting relationship. More importantly, you have more cash flow and you get a better idea of whether payment/cash flow issues will arise with the organization you are working with. What do you do when folks don't pay? I call as soon as they are late to give them a nudge, and if they don't respond I call and ask if there is a problem, then decide if some other firmer response is needed. And, if I feel that the client is balking on paying for no good reason, I stop working for them until I get paid. I've been in business for 10 years now, and have not had any serious or unresolved issues that I can recall, once I've taken all of these steps.

Hope that this helps!

Mark
Comment by Janene Ackles on July 1, 2010 at 10:10am
Hello everyone, I have been writing grants for about 7 years and I am wondering how you can retain or acquire viable clients who will pay? I have had so many problems with getting people to finish paying their fees and so forth. Its so fustrating! Please help and what avenues have any of you taken to secure your pay?
Comment by Mark Goldstein, CFRE on June 30, 2010 at 10:15am
Welcome, Janene!
Comment by Janene Ackles on June 29, 2010 at 6:53pm
Hello everyone, I am so excited to be able to be a part of this grant writing group. I am hoping to gain a lot of insight from this group.
 

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