How do you guys go about handling people who like to only pay a portion of a large bill?? Last year I started having such a problem with this that cash flow became a real problem. How do you pay yourself, for materials and all your expenses when so many clients pay $400.00 out of a $1200.00 bill? This year I decided to get tough on this issue....I started adding a late fee every month to people late or imcomplete on there payment. It has helped somewhat but I am still chasing people every month who insist on paying what they feel like that month.......instead of the entire balance. What I have also started doing this year is playing dumb when I get a check for only a percentage of the balance due. I call and act concerned that they made a error in the check amount they sent. This ussually makes them feel a little foolish and they will send the balance (some of the time). The reason I am writing this thread is out of frustration. I just called a client about an hour ago who had a $1450.00 balance from Mays invoice. Today I received a check for $500.00 with no explanation at all. I called and did the "play dumb" routine and he tried to turn it around on me. He told me this bill did not fit into his monthly budget and will pay the rest next month. He did know what this was going to cost before the work was preformed. I was told " you have the personality of a lawyer right now" (this man is an attorny I might add). After I explained the complete balance must be paid he then said "I will do what I can" and hung up on me. Are you guys facing this problem as bad as I am? WHat is with people not wanting to pay there bills when obviously they have the money? And then even having the balls to be rude because I want the money I am owed! I am by no means wealthy yet I pay my bills no matter what, when they are due. If I can aford to pay for it right now....I dont have the work done to begin with. Sorry for the rambling......How many of you are pulling your hair out over this?