Recently I sat up straight in the morning and said, out loud, “Did I ever get paid for that (publication redacted) gig?”
In early March I delivered an assignment to a freelance client who pays via direct deposit. Checked my account and nope, the payment never showed.
When I brought this up (politely, via e-mail), the very-busy editor was a very-embarrassed person. The result: an apology, and a slightly higher payment than usual.
There’s a lesson here for me, and for you.