Regardless of whether you have problems collecting money from clients, something that makes it easier is always useful. Christian Roofing & Remodeling, in Watkinsville, Ga., recently began using this weekly statement to keep clients up to date on their payment schedule.

General manager Stephanie Zehna stresses that this is not a bill, but rather a tool to make collection easier. Clients can see when payments are due, so lead carpenters and salespeople (who act as project managers) don't have to ask for checks as often. One customer, Zehna says, took to leaving checks on the kitchen counter on the day they were due.

Zehna says the company took the concept of this form from Chaden Halfhill of Silent Rivers, in Urbandale, Iowa.