I was asked to design and create spirit packs for the local middle school football team. The coach contacted me about the job. The plan is to create order forms and the players return them with the money for the items selected. Today I was asked by the coach whether we do purchase orders. I told that we could but we would need half down and payment upon delivery. He said he would have to check with the administration he wasn't sure if they could desperse half down and that he wasn't completely sure how it works... My question is how does it work? Since we're not talking about school budgeted money but instead money paid from the players parents why should there be so much hoops to get the money to me? I understand that they have to protect the interest of the paying parents making sure that they get what they paid for since all checks will be made out to the school. But since the school itself is not paying for the stuff what would be the reason for not accepting this policy of half down? Also he said they would be givin a p.o # from the office and pass it on to us. Whats that for? Is that just a # we put on the invoice? What does that number mean to us? Is that just their way of keeping records? I'm clueless please educate me on how the school system works keeping in mind that this purchase is completely paid for by the parents in advance... Any help would be appreciated greatly. Cause I feel lost and this forum always seem to have the answers when you barely know the question!