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A lot of my columns seem to be about how to get paid for your work — and with good reason. When it comes to business legal questions, that’s the big one. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do during the course of a job that will help head off any payment problems. Progress Payments Structure your payment schedule so you get paid as you go. A customer is less likely to miss a scheduled payment if, for example, you could walk off the job, leaving his roof open. You can make a payment due every Friday or something, but I personally like to tie progress payments to events: when you finish pouring the footings,