"We don't pay deposits. Our company has been around
for years—we are not going anywhere."
Well, it is industry custom to ask for a deposit on corporate
work, and many writers aren't budging without it. As one writer once
said, "If the client does go somewhere and never pays the balance,
you are only half as mad if you had half on deposit." Deposits also
demonstrate check-writing abililty. Good to know.