Recap: I'm an extra-curricular dance teacher- I do clubs and PPA cover (the dance aspects of PE) in primary schools
I've recently set myself up as a business so that I could do some classes closer to home (most of the companies I freelance for are based in the next county over). I managed to land two contracts within my first half term (six week block), and it's been going well. That is until now, when one of the schools is due to pay me.
I do two types of contracts- one where the pupils pay me directly, and one where they pay the school and the school pays me a set fee at the end of term. This school is the latter.
My last class for the summer was last Wednesday, so I emailed an invoice over to my contact at the school on the Tuesday. I saw her on Wednesday (as she came to discuss the sign-ups for next academic year- so far, looking good) and reminded her that the invoice is in her account and due by Friday. She said "no problem, I'll send it over to the Accounts dept"
Friday rolls around, no payment. Not even anything pending. So I call the school and the lovely ladies in the office said that they don't know anything for certain, but they know I was being discussed by the Accounts dept so it should be sorted by the end of the day.
End of the day rolls around. No payment. But I do get an email from my contact, apologising because she never emailed my invoice over. She'll do it now and put in a reminder on Monday.
So now it's Monday, and still no payment received. I called the school's Accounts dept, who told me that they don't open on Fridays, so they only have the invoice now. They've sorted a cheque (I was expecting a bank transfer!) and I can pick it up tomorrow, when the required people have signed it (which can't happen today because those people aren't in).
So now, the payment that was due last Friday won't reach my bank account until this Thursday or Friday (or, worse, the following week, depending on how on the ball the bank is). It's bad enough that they actioned my payment three working days late after having my invoice sitting there for four days before it was due, but that they didn't even tell me that it would be via cheque (I would have set an earlier due date if I had known).
If this had been the other way around and I was due to pay them, they would be severing ties with me for being this late with payment! And they certainly wouldn't get away with doing that to a regular member of staff.