Getting Money Up Front For Projects?

Has anyone utilized mobilization fees or deposits on projects? If so, what vertical do you target -- retail, financial, public institutions, etc? As everyone has undoubtedly experienced the up front cost of preparing for a project can be intensive. The vast majority of the higher cost work is performed by project management, purchasing, and engineering before an installer sets foot onsite.

I have had a great deal of success using "mobilization" costs on public sector projects to procure some funds to offset much of this cost. Progressive billing on long term public sector projects are also of great benefit. However, I have not pursued this avenue in the private commercial business market yet. Has this ever worked out for anyone in the private sector?

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