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LAWNGODFATHER
03-20-2002, 02:44 AM
With the rising costs of everyday things I want to try doing this. Save paper and stamps.

Also I just recieved a credit card statment 3 days after the due date, so that brings me to the question.

Anyone do this?

Also what software would I need to do it?

Will Lawn Monkey do it?

AK Lawn
03-20-2002, 03:24 AM
My bookepper and i are working on this currently so i will keep you posted, all my company is doing is emailing a bill and expecting the client to send us payment, ihaven't set up for credit card usage yet, which brings me to another point is it worth setting up for credit cards, but i do not want to divert the post.
AK Lawn
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LAWNGODFATHER
03-20-2002, 03:59 AM
No I didn't think about that.

I wouldn't mind credit cards either.

The faster I get my payments, the better.

65hoss
03-20-2002, 04:23 AM
my quickbooks under print will allow you to send it to a adobe(pdf)file. You could then email it to them.

AK Lawn
03-20-2002, 04:27 AM
Hoss the only prob. i see with that is if they do not have adobe, atleast that was the prob. that my bookeeper and i ran into and we are currently trying to work past it, but that is a program that has saved my life!:blob2:
AK Lawn

stslawncare
03-20-2002, 07:00 AM
theres programs u can use to receive payments online

LawnLad
03-20-2002, 07:44 AM
I suppose if your the majority of your customers were computer literate, you could post the bills on your website, and have them pay for them on line with a credit card. Getting the customer to go online and pay the bill might pose a problem, out of sight, out of mind type mentality. Accepting credit card info on line would take additional security and responsibility beyond what the benefits might yield. I guess it depends on volume. Justify it with dollars to make the decision.

If you have surveyed your customers and enough of them said yes to online bills, you could do it for those people. Or email them as the case may be.

MOW ED
03-20-2002, 08:16 AM
Regardless of the program that you buy - Pay Cash.:cool:

bruces
03-20-2002, 08:35 AM
Originally posted by LAWNGODFATHER
With the rising costs of everyday things I want to try doing this. Save paper and stamps.

Also I just recieved a credit card statment 3 days after the due date, so that brings me to the question.

Anyone do this?

Also what software would I need to do it?

Will Lawn Monkey do it?

LGF,

I don't know about Lawn Monkey but I believe that Quickbooks Pro 2002 ( and maybe 2001) have the capability to email invoices and also to receive credit cards. Info should be on their web site at http://www.quickbooks.com./services/mas/.

It says you can email statements, invoices, estimates, etc. You can also receive credit cards on line (you might have to be using their processing service).

I haven't tried it, but sound good.

Chuck Sinclair
03-20-2002, 10:08 AM
LGF,

Yes lawn monkey will do it if you get the module for it.

heygrassman
03-20-2002, 02:24 PM
Might want to look towards online payments via the website. Give everyone an account number (username) and a password, build the site so that the account number only takes them to thier billing information , use online payment.. hearing what lawn monkey costs, I can not imagine the cost is much different and there are not any yearly "update" charges.

Strongmd
03-20-2002, 02:40 PM
LGF, don't you use Clip? I've seen you on the forum. I use clip and I'm just now starting to email my bills. I've compiled the email addresses of most of my clients. Clip converts the bill to an Adobe file (.pdf) Most people will already have adobe. If they don't and can't open their bill, they will probably email you back, and then you can send them a link to download a free copy of Adobe.
I'll be emailing bills for the first time on 4/1. Contact me after that if you'd like to know how it goes.

Stonehenge
03-20-2002, 03:27 PM
I don't know how detailed your billings are, but I would think you could have a form e-mail sent to your customers, with a link to Paypal to facilitate payment. Or it could be as easy as contacting PayPal; I'm sure they've thought of something along these lines and may have a system custom-fit for this kind of thing.

heygrassman
03-20-2002, 04:27 PM
.pdf's can be a real pain to print on older printers and a pain to look at with computers little RAM. HTML can be much less intensive.

just a thought.

LAWNGODFATHER
03-20-2002, 06:51 PM
Originally posted by Strongmd
LGF, don't you use Clip? I've seen you on the forum. I use clip and I'm just now starting to email my bills. I've compiled the email addresses of most of my clients. Clip converts the bill to an Adobe file (.pdf) Most people will already have adobe. If they don't and can't open their bill, they will probably email you back, and then you can send them a link to download a free copy of Adobe.
I'll be emailing bills for the first time on 4/1. Contact me after that if you'd like to know how it goes.

No I don't have Clip or LM yet. I am still debating what to do in that route. I do have QB Pro 2002.

I don't care if they use pay pal, print it out and mail it or what ever, I just want to make it more convenient and speed up the snail mail.

SprinklerGuy
03-22-2002, 08:43 AM
www.billingpros.com (http://www.billingpros.com)

thfireman
09-06-2002, 12:08 AM
I e-mail some of my billings to out of state clients. When I finish filling out the bill on the computer for the month I just hit print and select .PDF option and save under client name and month. I then attach it to e-mail and send it. It is faster than it sounds and saves paper, stamps, envelope and time.:rolleyes:

ProMo
09-06-2002, 07:50 AM
I am in the process of converting my customers to email using qb2002 it sends a plain invoice w/out logo for 14 dollars a month it lets you set up a database were customers can view payment history leave comments etc i used the free trial and a couple of my customers loved it if i can convert 9 more ill pay it and set up credit card payments

smburgess
09-29-2002, 07:51 PM
In Quickbooks, I set the printer to "fax" and push print. It's pretty simple. Email is a problem. But most of my clients have faxes built into their computers or stand alone faxes, so it works.

Ryan Lightning
09-29-2002, 09:07 PM
Why not just leave the bill on the door? No stamp required.

brentsawyer
09-29-2002, 09:17 PM
going through the cc or paypal route will cost you several times more than a simple stamp. They make their money from you at a rate of about 1.35-1.65% plus a monthly account fee and per transaction fee. Heck, the transaction fee alone is almost as much as a stamp. I always put my stack of bills in the truck at the beginning of the month and leave them on the door and quite a few clients insist on paying on the spot, even though I'd prefer they send it since getting a check while working usually means it gets put in the glovebox.