Around 1990-91 I started writing op-eds for newspapers as a hobby. The pay wasn’t much $75 to $150 per 750 word essay, but it was fun to get paid. But that brought up the question of whether I should use my real name or pick a pseudonym. Going with a realistic sounding pseudonym (e.g., Mark Twain rather than Publius) sounded most prudent. But I really wanted to cash checks for my writing, and I couldn’t figure out how to do that. So I didn’t.
Now, all these years later, I wish I had gone with a pseudonym.
What’s the best guide to keeping your confidentiality while getting paid?