Per Cut, Monthly, Yearly...What's your take on it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MDLawn, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. CutterCutter

    CutterCutter LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Posts: 76

    I don't think I could do this kind of work if it was year round. In my area it's lawn services from the middle of March to the middle of November. I'm in bad need of a break by the end of the season. There are people who do snow removal here but the snowfall is so uncertain in my area I've never wanted to be bothered with it.

    As for billing it's per service. The jobs are either weekly or bi-weekly and unless it's raining big time I show up on the appointed day. Additional services are billed whenever they are performed. I do have some weekly customers that get billed every other week just for convenience.

    I know another LCO who bills all customers at the end of the month for whatever services were performed during that month. How can you wait that long for your money?
     
  2. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    So you're sending a bill each and every week?
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  3. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 534

    What I bet he meant is when he is done the customer walks out and hands him payment. He doesn't actually send them an invoice.

    Billing a weekly customer every other week probably means they pay him on payday as most working folks get paid eow.
     
  4. MSeals

    MSeals LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    In my area, majority of us bill monthly with 12 mo contracts. These usually include pinestraw twice a year, fert, and hedge trimming. Deffinatley the way to go in this area. Of course we still have the ones who prefer paying onsite. Either way is fine as long as I'm payed. Monthly is just easier imo on the customer as our bill will become a routine just like their rent/mortgage and so on.
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  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    I didn't read anything like that, I read that the FLA guys recognized they were in a unique situation and the northern guys couldn't bill the same way, I'm fairly deep south and we're still going strong, mostly landscape projects but still working everyday and still billing year round, IDK how you guys up north survive. It's in the 70's down here hope yall don't freeze to death up there, what's left of you that is, we're seeing tons of new accounts from the yanks moving south, thanks guys for the work, keep on sending them our way.
     
  6. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    simple. there is enough money in reserve for one thing. as said in previous posts. I have enough money in the bank both in personal and business accounts that I could afford to take a whole year off from work.

    I can't see collecting payment each week when services are complete. not all clients are home when I'm there. in fact most of my clients aren't home when I come.

    just because I'm solo doesn't mean I don't try to be as professional as I can. do you think the guys who have crews of employees collect there payments after the crews finished each week?

    I guess for all the surprise you have that guys can wait a month to collect money I have that same surprise that guys can't wait more than a week. everyone should have money saved up. you should never be in a situation personal or business that you need the money right away or it will break you. this statement is of course a general statement not taking into consideration an economic situation. more for when things are on the up and up.
     
  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    . How can you wait that long for your money?[/QUOTE]

    If your running your business like a business it's called a operating budget, you can't run a business paycheck to payckeck, you have to have a budget, if your not runnning a budget your going to be out of business soon. You must be one of those $25 a cut guys LOL
     
  8. TinMan1

    TinMan1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SC
    Posts: 519

    This is pretty much how we do it. Bi-weekly billed at the end of the month. 4 week months are 2 cuts 5 week months are 3 cuts. At $25 a cut, one month is $50 the next month is $75. I hand them an Invoice at the last cut of the month and they write me a check or give me their credit card that I run on-scene.
    Sometimes I leave the invoice with them and they mail me a check the next week. More than 10 days after invoice is a $10 fee.
    Works for us
     
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    QUOTE]If your running your business like a business it's called a operating budget, you can't run a business paycheck to payckeck, you have to have a budget, if your not runnning a budget your going to be out of business soon. You must be one of those $25 a cut guys LOL[/QUOTE]

    You mean you can't run a business on payday loans? Up here we can go 5-6 months with minimal income, bills still have to be paid You're absolutely right, too many people working for beer money with no clear business goals. The guys that can't operate one week without income are the ones that will have their stuff on CL next season.
     
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    I agree. if you have no money in reserve and have to have money coming in weekly then I fail to see how you can stay in business long.

    I get checks on a weekly basis after invoices are sent out but sometimes they sit on my desk in a safe place for a month before they are deposited. I'm not running to the bank weekly for just a few checks.
     

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