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Advice: How Long Should I Wait For Payment

Edit 10/23/12: I have read everyone's comments, and I want to say thank you for everyone's advice. I greatly appreciate it. I've decided that I will wait 7 days until I remove someone from the list if they are unable to pay within that time frame. If this doesn't work out, I will shorten it to 3-5.

Hello AB. I have been following this community for awhile, but this is my first time posting, so forgive me if I make any mistakes.

I need some advice. Often when I do commissions I only accept payment upfront. Only then will I work on a client's commission. Usually, I have clients who pay right away, but sometimes I will get the occasional client who does not. Lately, I've been getting clients who don't pay until 2 or 3 weeks later, sometimes even a month or 2. If I remember correctly, this has happened perhaps 3 or 4 times. Waiting a month twice, and the rest have just been a couple or a few weeks.

I am a rather patient person, but lately I have been growing impatient as I would like to get these commissions finished and sent off to the client. I like to be able to finish a commission and move onto the next; not wait for a few days and then get payment. It ruins my work flow. 

So my question to you is, how long should I wait before I take someone off the list? I want to be fair, but strict at the same time. I feel waiting 2 or 3 days before taking them off may seem unfair. So how long should I give them before taking them off and adding someone else? 

Thank you in advance. 
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