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holidays full of nay sayers and late payers

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by stevenf, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    Every year around November people seem to have the hardest time paying there bill. Last year I had 3 people pay me an October invoice in January. This year I am sending out the third roll over invoice to several people who otherwise pay on time religiously. Slowest part of the year for me and also the time of year I have to put in the most effort to get paid. Anyone else have this problem?
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  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    Tis the Season of late payers.
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  3. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Posts: 977

    I have kind of gotten use to some customers paying me late for last bill. Sometimes I don't see the money till the end of January which helps me out having some money then.
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    Same here every year. Next year I hope to transition most of my clients to auto-pay. I already mailed surveys and most are on board!
  5. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    I usually spend winter tinkering with software's. I setup an online invoicing program. I may give that a try
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  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    I have three who own me right now. Two of them told me flat out that money is tight because of christmas. My simple response to them, "does that excuse work for your mortgage?" In a few more weeks they will recieve my letter of intent to file the mechanics lien. That always gets the checks coming in
  7. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Posts: 411

    I don't work for any one that owes. That way for Thanks Giving the houses of late pays don't get done. They end up calling with check in hand. I take advantage and bill them for the clean up then and there. They do end up owing later but for much less. Lots of $40 and $80 which is much better than $480
  8. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    Sent out 32 invoices Mid November. As of today, 8 have come in. December invoices being created as we speak.
  9. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    Use a signed contract and state in it that there is a late fee that will be applied to accounts over (for instance) 30 days from the issuance of the invoice.

    We will still get flakes from time to time, but if you have to take legal action you still need agreements in writing.
  10. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,878

    The issue with dead beat customers is they'll just find some hack to get the work done, and then your old acct looks like a$$ and you're out you're money.
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