What to do depends upon what your time is worth. I could have earned 5 times that amount in the time it would take me to pursue a non paying customer in court. Also, just because it's small claims court does not mean you don't need an attorney. You can rest assured that if the other party has money, they will be bringing an attorney to court to represent them. Then what will you do? Believe me, you don't want to go up against a seasoned attorney even with the best of documentation. 3 things you can be absolutely certain of: 1. The other party will counter sue (not that there has to be much or any merit at all...it's just a strategy to wear you out, distract your attention, and increase your out of pocket attorney fees due to your attorney having to spend more time on the case). 2. During the discovery period (yes, there is discovery in small claims) you will be asked by the other attorney to produce your last 3 years income taxes, where the other attorney will have weeks to review your numbers and your business. Sure you want to do that? 3. If they bring an attorney and you bring an attorney, you are going to spend a minimum of $2,000+ to a trial attorney *if* it goes to trial. p.s. I am not an attorney, and I strongly suggest you at least pay a reputable attorney for a consultation. Ask him about the 3 things I mentioned above. Best wishes.