Ok, this is a situation I've never been in before. We're booked for the remainder of this year and I have people who I've given bids to that are ready to sign a contract, and don't mind waiting until next spring for us to begin. In other words, they want to be "first on our list". So typically the way it works here is we get a 50% deposit at the time that we sign the contract, and then we collect the remaining balance the day we finish the job. And I don't mind collecting a large deposit from someone if I know we're going to be starting the job in a month. But when it's going to be like 4 months until we even start, I feel a little akward asking for a 50% deposit. Who here has experience dealing with this situation? How do you handle it? I was thinking maybe I just make a list of these people and then wait to sign a contract until the end of February or something. Or should I lock them in now with a contract and a smaller deposit and then collect a larger deposit later as we get closer to starting the job?