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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Phaneuf, Mar 20, 2008.
...Say, %10 off for paying for entire season up front.
Any thoughts on that???
I have read on here that 10% is pretty average. I myself started advertising 2 free mows instead of the 10%. I figure at $30 cut X 28 = $840 - 10% = $756 ($84 discount) Thats almost 3 free cuts which is like cutting for free an entire month. I try to get the customers to focus on # of free mows ($60) and keep a little more to cover gas and other exp. for the free mows.
I offer a 10% prepay discount - I figure it's worth it to know that acct. is paid for. I like the 2 free mow thing though, might have to consider that.
I wouldn't use a percentage. Use an actual dollar amount. You can say, $100 off. In most cases that amount wouldn't be 10%, but it sounds like a large amount.
I'm going to offer that with my contracts. It will be nice to get some money up front to pay for things. But I also want some monthly contracts also so I have a steady income. I'm trying to decide whether or not to have people pay montly or 4 equal payments for the season.
We will be forcing notoriously slow payers to pay the entire season up front this year. They'll get a 6% discount (if they chose to continue to use us) and they can get a loan and make late payments on that as far as I'm concerned.
I have 1 customer that I still do that for. However make sure you don't under estimate how many services you do, and even add 1 or 2 more mowings to be sure you cover you bases.
Last year during the drought I made out pretty good, but most of the time it comes out very close to what I estimate.
I do 10% discount for prepay, people seem to like it and I don't have to worry about being paid.
I offered that this year 10% and the usual great payers are the only ones to take benefit on this and the laggers all got a $5 increase but I am still waiting for a lot of contracts to come in as I only guaranteed pricing until April 1st on the contracted price so Ill see soon
I have offered seasonal prepay but it seems to be blown off around here. People can't afford $700-$1000 up front. As long as they are good monthly pays, I bill em that way and have abandoned the prepay offer.