Just wondering how and when some of you do this, as with me it has been a bit haphazard. Generally, once students have bought my details or "loosely" arranged tuition, they come to my house for their first lesson. At the end of the lesson I ask for payment and give them a leaflet that says they need to give 24 hours cancellation etc. Quite often I ask for a lesson up front, but I'm sometimes a bit afraid to do this. I'm wondering about asking for half a term in advance, as from next academic year. I have taught a lot of students this year, and have had a few time wasters. I find that in my area a number of parents just don't have the money for tuition, so they are happy to cancel a few sessions each term and save the money. Not sure many will want to fork out for half a term, but we'll see. So, those of you who ask for upfront money and lay down the law -at which point do you do this? I'm on two of the most mentioned on here tutoring sites, and while I find a mutual time for lessons, check who is travelling, and specify what I am to teach, before they pay for my details, I'm a bit reticent to say about money up front, when they may like to give it a few lessons before they commit. On the other hand, they may be annoyed they have to pay in advance if it hasn't been mentioned before. Any thoughts? Also, if they give you 24 hours notice, do you then refund at the end if they miss a lesson? I always feel the 24 hour clause is a bit of an invitation to miss one if they want to! Thanks for any help on this. I'm trying to get it all clear so that things run a bit more smoothly next academic year.