how to set up paymentfor a new customer @ first cut.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Green King TLC, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. Green King TLC

    Green King TLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    good morning guys. i am just starting out and was wondering how to get money from a new customer.

    for example : if you set someone up on a monthly 3 to 4 cuts would you ask for 1 month in advance and then bill them every month after, or would you just bill them at the end of the month?
  2. DPAT

    DPAT LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    when i did it i cut three times a month and on the second cut sent them a bill for all three. but thats just my two cents
  3. weeble67

    weeble67 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 286

    I bill at the end of every month. I put the billing date in the contract. That way there isn't any issues.
  4. Green King TLC

    Green King TLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    :confused: so you guys are basicly mowing for 1 month free? is that right?
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    I always charge a clean up, most of the time there is something that needs doing besides the regular cut.

    I get paied for that, then I bill monthly. Of corse if there is NO problem with getting the 1st check
  6. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,899

    I tell customers that the first cut requires no contract, just payment due within 7 days of completion. I also tell them if they'd like to continue, we ask all clients to sign a contract. The tire kickers won't even get a first cut, and everyone else signs up. Ba-da-bing, ba-da-bang, ba-da-boom!
  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    First cut or cleanup is due upon completion of service, after that they get billed at end of month. All bills are due upon receipt.
  8. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    No, they are just offering 30 days free financing with no credit check. I charge one month in advance no matter if its a ratty crackhouse or a $2million mansion.
  9. Green King TLC

    Green King TLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    thanks guys... i like the first cut is paided at complection and if they like us all other cuts will be billed monthly.:usflag:
  10. ffemtmcd

    ffemtmcd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    How many of you just leave an invoice after each cut??

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