Getting work done is one thing, but getting paid for that work is way more important.
> Later that day, she emailed me asking if I knew what was wrong with her website. I emailed her back that it was probably sad she didn’t pay me. It would cheer up after the invoice with the added late fee was paid.
I’ve been lucky and never really had to chase clients down for payment. Yes I’ve had some late payments, but when I send through interest they pay up right away. It’s rare that I work with late payers again if it’s the first project, so I don’t have to deal with them again.
Late payment comes down disrespect, your client disrespecting you. If you’re careful during the client selection process you can ofter weed out the ones that are going to be disrespectful.
Quote from [Dairy of a Mad Freelancer][art].