My former career involved administering Accounts Receivable at IBM for
may years and I had some big accounts. I carried this into my
business when I went solo. The biggest blessing of the experience was
learning the skill of speaking openly about about money. As a result,
collections are part of my normal part of my business.

You don't say if this is a sub job or direct for them. If you are a
sub contractor, don't involve the client unless it's critical (greater
than 90 days or they may go out of business). This is between you and
the contracting firm.

First thought: It's owed. It's in the contract. No apology, you are
just reminding them of the agreement they signed. Approach it from
this fact.

Second thought: You've allowed a precedent to develop. You will need
to think ahead and plan a meeting to remind them of your terms and
what will happen if they continue to ignore them. If you tell them
consequences and don't follow through, you will be ignored in the
future. (The only way to change a habit is to be up front about it.
My experience tends to tells me it will take about 90 days to change
their habits/process.)

You don't need to be loud about this, just persistent and follow up
the day after terms are not met (example- call on the 31st day if no
check in that days mail.)

Here is an example of how I handle local accounts:
On the 31st or whatever day, call. I offer to drive by and pick it
up, since it should be ready. Make friends while you are there or on
the phone. AP people are used to getting negative calls. Be
friendly, but firm. (I've even brought them a small gift for the dept
like a small box of chocolates or something small). It must be
sincere- You don't use people and it need not be a confrontation.

Once you have a relationship, you may find your invoice rises to the
top of the pile to be paid or you have a friendly face to speak to
next time it's delayed.

Just a few thoughts.

Steve

On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 2:54 PM, Jim Franz<franz400@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
How does one deal with the large IT Services firms when they become very delinquent in paying invoices?
For many years I've only dealt direct with a customer.
Now working for a large firm. on 1099, have a contract (their contract)
for payment xx days after billing, regardless of whether they have been paid by end customer. But they are regularly 30 days beyond that.
I send reminders, called, and occassionally get a check, but never catch up.
Do I tell the customer?
Does it take having a lawyer?
In 25 years I've never walked out on a customer's project.
jim
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