Just to reassure – I had a parent never pay when I first started out in private practice. I didn’t keep on chasing as it was taking up so much time but it meant I learnt the hard way never to put too much work in before receiving payment. Parents like to get a report. So I now have it written in my contract that payment must be received within 7 days of the appointment, then they will receive the report. This has worked well ever since I had that frustrating experience!