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Old 01-08-2013, 04:58 PM
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charging credit/debit cards daily

Hey guy I do per cut maintenance. I want to start taking credit and debit cards. how can i charge them the day after i cut them. just tired of chasing checks.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:02 PM
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Get them to fill out a credit card authorization form when they first contact you prior to mowing...email it to them and you can charge their card anytime after mowing.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:05 PM
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Lot of guys are starting to use square reader. Only problem keeping card numbers on file is that your responsible if anyone hacks or steals those numbers. And if you do decide to do this call your insurance company and get a rider for this.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:13 PM
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charging credit/debit cards daily

Who do you guys use for card processing
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:37 PM
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Who do you guys use for card processing
Intuit, QuickBooks...kinda expensive, but i keep the cards in a file folder in my locked office, not too worried about someone stealing them
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:17 PM
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Subscribed , Ive been wanting to do this for next season as well for non-seasonal customers and those bi-weekly type places. I have a handful of properties who always have paid but they are always late. If I could charge it that day it would eliminate that type of thing and improve cash flow it seems.
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Remember there's usually a fee that goes with running the card, everytime it's run.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:28 PM
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daily seems like a lot of work! maybe weekly? unless you have a secretary that needs something to do?
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:37 PM
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we cut appros 25 lawns a day. nothing huge most are .25 acre. just looking for a better way to collect. chasing 25 checks a day gets expensive
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:18 PM
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we cut appros 25 lawns a day. nothing huge most are .25 acre. just looking for a better way to collect. chasing 25 checks a day gets expensive
Why not accumulate the work done for the month, send an Invoice at the end of the month that covers all word done during the month, and get one check against that Invoice?

I can't imagine chasing 25 checks per day! No wonder you want a better scheme. Charges for the cc processing services usually include a "per time" charge, plus a percentage of the charge. If you run a charge after every visit, you will generate much expense associated with the "per time" fees. If you wish to do cc payments, then use the service one time per month, with charges for the work done during the month.

I also can't imagine the cc swipes after each service. Very few of my customers are home when I make their property visit. Trying to get their card for a swipe on a Square reader (for example) would seem like a nightmare. Even many of the one-time visit customers are not home -- get a call, "cut my grass," I do the work, but the customer being at home at the time of my visit is very unlikely.

I have had some customers for years, and never laid eyes on them, let alone get physical access to their cc.
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