Independent Contractors: Get Paid On Time

How long should I give a client to pay me for a freelance assignment? Is one month too short? Should I write "due in 30 days" on the first invoice? I don't want to seem so pushy that they don't use me again, but on the other hand, I don't want to get stiffed out of money or have to wait months and months for payment. —P.P., Los Angeles

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