Keep at them James until you get payment and establish a schedule of payments. If it's a regular sum then ask them to set up a standing order, otherwise.....be prepared to walk away from any new work until you can establish that you'll bet paid on the day you're promised.
If payments are not forthcoming at this early stage in your relationship then it begs the question of what it'll be like when it comes to the last scheduled payment?
I realise you probably need this job and income and that you don't wish to upset anyone but you also cannot be their banker either.
As Gary said, new contracts can be very bad for getting their 1st payment to you.
I had a block of flats and the management company took nearly three months as they reckoned half the tenants were in arrears!!
You will find that if the "lady" in accounts receives a little hamper from you at Xmas you will be amazed at how quickly your account is taken care of in future.
Thanks to all of you for your invaluable time, advice and support. As always LJN folk help each other out- it's a breath of fresh air on here. Your words have helped me feel I've pursued the right path pressing them to sort out the payment. The outcome is they have paid me today (though let's face it, it;s still gonna take a few days to clear) and yes, there were bureaucratic problems setting it up. We've agreed though that, as soon as I've done my contracted work for the month to fire off the invoice by email and I'll be paid the following Tuesday so, hopefully, within seven days in future.
Thanks again guys/gals!
regardless of whatever payment method is used the problem will be your are still faced with the same reasons that will cause late payments , its bussiness thats how it works ! i pay all my outgoings late , stupid not to lol keep the cash , its healthy to do so , so why shouldnt others play on it too
Cesare Harradine said:Stick with it. BACS can be glitchy setting up and they've probably got their own financial systems to set up to accomadate the new account.