If you work in construction, you’re probably used to the long wait to get paid after completing a job. You wait patiently for payment from the general contractor (GC). You try calling, sending emails and invoice reminders. Nothing seems to get their attention, in fact, they seem annoyed that you keep asking. Then you ask yourself: Is there anything I could have done to establish a relationship earlier on in the project? In fact, there is: Sending a preliminary notice is one of the best ways you can improve communication and build a stronger relationship from the start.