I started tutoring in mid-March, and most of my clients are through my adverts on websites. One of my first clients was the mother of a year 11 GCSE student, who wanted tuition during the Easter holidays whilst her son was home from boarding school. The mother is the CIO of a multinational media company. (you would recognise the name if I told you) I initially agreed to 8 days of 2 hours tuition, but after a successful first day I was contacted by the mother who asked if I could do 3 hours a day instead of 2, and for an extra 2 days (bank holidays). I also agreed to accept payment at the end of each week by bank transfer. After the first week of tuition I noticed that the payment had not been made. On emailing the mother she assured me that she had made the payment, but it was "stuck" in processing (yeah, right). It it however appear in my bank account the following day. The following week, the payment also did not arrive (surprise, surprise). I sent the mother another email, to which she did not reply. I sent an additional email the following week, including attached invoices for both weeks, showing clearly what had and had not been paid, and sent a hard copy to her home address. I received an email a couple of days later stating "I will pay your invoice..." 3 days later, still no payment. I am owed over £300. Obviously I have learnt the hard way from this experience. I was fairly naive to tutoring at the time, and after this experience would not accept a bank transfer from someone I did not know for such a large amount of money. One of the most annoying things about this, is as I have stated, the mother is a CIO, they live in a large house in a nice area, and the son attends boarding school. I have clients who live in much more modest homes, who always make sure they have money to pay me. Obviously I appreciate that she probably has larger outgoing expenses than many of the people I tutor, this is not an excuse for not paying me. She simply should not buy what she cannot afford. Anyway, the question I wanted to ask... How do you get your money out of rich, stingy people who do not pay their bills?