Re: Always Invoices or Partial Payment Up Front?
Almost all of my clients pay up front, particularly retainer clients. If it's a deposit, it's always 50%. Once I've worked with a client and know they'll pay in a timely manner, I may invoice them at the end of the project if it's small.
I just signed a client for a minimum 5-hour project, not to exceed 10 hours. I explained I needed the 5 hours paid up front and the remainder would be billed and payable within 10 days after the project was completed. It was no problem; the check and contract were in the mail that day.