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Billing and Payment Questions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by LBOperator, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. LBOperator

    LBOperator LawnSite Member
    Posts: 209

    Yeah my first lawn I got the guy says he does online banking only and prefers to send the checks out at the first of the month with his other bills. He says all he does is set it up in the computer and his bank automatically cuts and sends me a check at the first of the month. I didn't even know that was possible, if I hadn't met with him and shook his hand and watched him go in the house I might have though I was getting scammed, lol. Man it's getting high tech.
     
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,151

    The customer who can afford to pay will be at work when you are at his home.
     
  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,828

    That can also be set up for every week or every 2 weeks. I have customers who send me a check every 2 weeks through automatic online banking. They don't have to be at home when I mow. Some of the checks come in advance of the mowing.
    I just mow and then get paid by mail or the person at the home. Nobody gets a month behind that way. Nobody gets confused about when I did the work. I don't have to extend a months credit to people I don't know. Even with commercial, the business could go under and be left owing you a lot of money.
    Somebody is late paying after a month. You have to keep mowing to keep up with the growth. That would drive me nuts:laugh: Just would not work for me, but it works for many
     
  4. GOATMAN GEORGE

    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Your going to run into major problems if you keep trying to collect cash upon completion of mowing services. It may seem easy now with your customer base so low. The cash upon completion is actually one of the most common complains I get from new customers who are switching from a one man solo operation to an actually company (us).

    +We do ask for payment upon completion of landscaping or other high dollar jobs. Monthly billing is the way to go for lawn service.
     
  5. Bashby

    Bashby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 446

    IMO, It doesn't look very professional to come knocking on the door with your hand out every time you mow, most people don't like to have to write a check every week.
     

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