The hardest part of a small claims court experience is often getting paid after winning the judgement. The Court will not collect a judgement for a litigant. The winner of a small claims court judgement must collect on their own.
The good news is that small claims court judgements are enforceable, and if done right, court orders and the Sheriffs Department can help collect a judgment.
To its great credit, the California Judicial Council has prepared a step by step guide, and excellent free forms to help small claims judgement creditors collect. All of their information is official government publication, free, detailed and well written.