I did some work for a client who did not pay the final invoice. After repeated requests, I had to sue him in Small Claims court. The judge ruled in my favor and ordered him to pay me within 10 days. He sent me a check, which bounced. He finally paid me in cash.
A few years go by, and he calls me out of the blue, like nothing happened, wanting me to do another project for him. I agreed to do the project if he paid me in full, up front. I met with him twice, but on the second meeting he still didn’t have a check ready.
Me: Yeah, that’s it. I’m afraid I’m not going to do this project.
Client: Why not?
Me: I’ve had payment issues with you before. It’s not looking like much has changed.
Client: Well, I don’t see why this has to ruin our friendship.
Call me silly, but friends do not make friends take them to court to get paid.