8 or 12 month

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BLC1, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    When you guys are setting up clients with monthly payments do stretch them 8 or 12 months
     
  2. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    I always just assumed for 8 months, kind of hard to cut the grass when there is a few inches of snow on the ground.
     
  3. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    I use 8, 12 has always caused issues
     
  4. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I was thinking of rolling plowing in for the accounts too so it would make a little more sense for them.
     
  5. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I feel like the whole world wants to make smaller payments on things and stretch them out. The 12 month plan would look a little more attractive to people. I could see how some people start to not like it come January if they're going to add plowing in there.
     
  6. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    The best thing to do is ask.

    Honestly my opinon pushing snow is its entirely another business, and should be treated as such. You can add services to extend your season such as mulching/spring pruning in early spring after the snow melts, late fall pruning/leaf removal, and pruning trees in winter.
     
  7. scoobydu73

    scoobydu73 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I offer both. It's customer preference. I stop offering the 12 month in March though unless there is a 25% deposit, otherwise u will run into cash flow issues.
     
  8. Nj shade

    Nj shade LawnSite Member
    from Nj
    Posts: 245

    We do 10month march thru and inclu December, helps with cash flow for us as we'll as early season money. Has worked great for us, personal opinion about 12 month is Jan and Feb will be chasing money more than anything else.
     

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