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Old 10-23-2012, 05:17 PM
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So I've have a pretty good year this far but I have been fed up with a few of my residential clients not paying in a responsible manner. I want to know what other LCOs are doing to encourage clients to pay on time and if they offer discounts to paying earlier and or penalties for paying to late? I was thinking about having all clients next sign a service agreement saying they will be penalized for paying late
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:28 PM
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Just send the late ones an updated invoice with a 15% additional charge.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:54 PM
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Just send the late ones an updated invoice with a 15% additional charge.
Yep, and start looking for new customers. When they read the invoice they will most likely drop your service.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:06 PM
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Deal with them this year, and replace them next year.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:42 PM
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:47 PM
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After getting hung with a few bums in recent years, I decided this year I was not going to tolerate slow payers. Two weeks into the month, if the previous month's invoice wasn't paid, I stopped service. Had a new customer that tried me in July. Kept sending him reminders and he never would respond. After I serviced the lawn the second time in August, I sent him a message saying that this would be his last service until the July invoice was paid. Low and behold, next day he pays up. Get through August, send invoice and once again start sending reminders. No reply. After the second visit I send another message saying this is your last service. No reply. Called him asking for payment. Would hang up on me. Ok. kept Sending reminders. No response. Called again. Hang up. Left invoice stuck in front door. One more call, again hung up. Decided I'd given him every chance. Had all the makings for another bum that had hung me. Left him a little reminder that he couldn't miss....
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:56 PM
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Option 1: Send each of them a demand letter via certified mail. Indicate that you require payment in full in the form of credit card or bank check only, due 10 days from the date of the letter. Also indicate that failure to pay will result in litigation, and if you win that they will have to pay any court costs.
Option 2: Give me your clients' contact info and I'll collect for 50% of the amount owed.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:42 PM
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I have a client that is a collections/recovery agent if I have someone that is past due and has refused to respond I will call him.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:16 PM
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How many people here use a service that just auto deducts from the clients account? Is it worth the fees to do (subscription style)?
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:40 AM
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After getting hung with a few bums in recent years, I decided this year I was not going to tolerate slow payers. Two weeks into the month, if the previous month's invoice wasn't paid, I stopped service. Had a new customer that tried me in July. Kept sending him reminders and he never would respond. After I serviced the lawn the second time in August, I sent him a message saying that this would be his last service until the July invoice was paid. Low and behold, next day he pays up. Get through August, send invoice and once again start sending reminders. No reply. After the second visit I send another message saying this is your last service. No reply. Called him asking for payment. Would hang up on me. Ok. kept Sending reminders. No response. Called again. Hang up. Left invoice stuck in front door. One more call, again hung up. Decided I'd given him every chance. Had all the makings for another bum that had hung me. Left him a little reminder that he couldn't miss....
Hahaha Love it!! Did he pay after that?? Or call the cops?
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