how to bill new clients?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by thesargent, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    when you go see a new customer about cutting their lawn do you set up some sort of contract with them. or just mow it once and wait untill they call again? whats the best way to get regular customers? is it by a yearly contract?
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    All mine are verbal except one commercial. I bill by the job, after the work is done I leave the bill on the door which has my address on it, and sometime later I get check in the mail.

    Not to sound hard but if I don't get the check for the last work, I don't perform more work.
     
  3. ReMarkable Landscaper

    ReMarkable Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    I pretty much do the samething. or if they coem out right be4 i leave and pay me.. That's always great
     
  4. sooner74

    sooner74 LawnSite Member
    from UT
    Posts: 76

    I put those that want to be billed monthly on a contract and those that pay weekly are verbal.
     
  5. Craymarris

    Craymarris LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    this is my second season. the first season i billed everyone and as a result i lost my butt. chould have paid cash for a new ZTR if i only had the money that was owed me. This season, i'm going to be paided at time of service or in advance i will no longer extend credit to anyone.

    I'm done with commericial accounts they was the worst in late and no payment, and none of them will pay in advance so i'm done with those
     
  6. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 798

    I got paid after each cut last year. This year i offered all my customers the option of being billed monthly. Only which a few wanted it. I think i am really gonna like the monthly billing better.
     
  7. marionlandscape

    marionlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    you can save a lot of money by billing monthly. if you have 200 customers and send them a weekly bill you pay for 6400 stamps thats $2560.00 + $320.00 in ink paper and envolopes. A total of $2880.00 send a monthly bill and you pay $720.00 a savings of $2160.00 if you have been in business for 5 years that is $10,800.00 you would have saved just by billing monthly
     
  8. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,113

    Or RIGHT AFTER YOUR DONE...just leave the bill on the door knob in a clear doorknob baggie and pay only for the baggie, ink and paper...no stamps, no envelopes, no "It never came in the mail" etc...
     
  9. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909


    I love loaning people thousands of dollars interest free and praying that they get around paying me. I would hate having that money in MY bank earning ME interest and paying my bills.
     

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