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non payers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fyerfighter2000, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. fyerfighter2000

    fyerfighter2000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    what do you do about clients who either tell you that the check is in the mail or just refuse to pay overall? how much time do you give them before you drop them ? then how do you get the money that they already owe you?
  2. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    this needs to be relocated to Commercial Lawn Forum...
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    But it is in the Commerical Lawn Forum:rolleyes:

    I stop cutting after the 4th cut without sometype of payment (at least part of what they owe) and start back when they are paid up.
  4. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    I f I dont get a payment I stop right then. As far as getting the money you will have to hound them to no end till they get tired of it and pay.
  5. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

  6. Tom-N-Texas

    Tom-N-Texas LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    I bill at the end of each month. If I don't get a check within 2 weeks of bills going out I start investigating. Luckily most of my customers are good payers. If I run across someone who's habitually late I usually don't call them back in the spring. Leopards RARELY change their spots.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    4 cuts tops. if your payment terms havn't been met, why even consider continuing?
  8. fyerfighter2000

    fyerfighter2000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    but what if they owe you 2 to 3 hundred dollars and haven't payed in 2 months? keep sending them a bill with interest? or pay the 80some dollars and file it in small claims?
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    small claims is for cowards. call 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. knock on thier door, everytime you're in the area. don't ask for your money, DEMAND it
  10. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    This coming fromt he guy that has a revolving account at his courthouse.

    The answer is simple, buy the new "Collecting For Dummies" book by Bobby Gedd, now out in paperback.

    Leins, small claims court etc...... All in the search feature.

    As well, there is an excellent feature here where you can network just with others from Wisconsin, who will invariably have better info for you about Wisconson's situation than Bobby Gedd has about ANYTHING.

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