Postage

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by GLAN, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Who has gotten away from the old lick and stick method of using postage to mail the invoices?

    I use Stamps.com

    Wonderful program. Print the address, postage and return address at once. Also has little clipart things to print on your envelope.
     
  2. hunter

    hunter LawnSite Senior Member
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    for what you pay stamps.com you can have your own meter at home from pitney bowes. plus you never have to go to the post office to get your meter reilled. you now can do it by phone.
     
  3. GLAN

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    Pitney Bowes leases the equipment and a monthly usage fee. At a much higher rate than the Stamps.com $4 a month.

    Stamps.com all you need is your comp and a printer. Refilling the postage is over the internet. And they offer labels to print postage, scale for packages.

    It's like having a post office right on your computer.
     
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Nah, I still do the peel and stick schtick. I only mail out about 50 bills a month thanks to my prepayments.

    :D
     
  5. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Prepay is great.

    We offer 10% discount. I don't push the prepay, but do offer it.
    What is your discount rate?
     
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    i looked into the bowes thing, but as stated before, cost too much for my blood. I still do the whole lick situation
     
  7. GLAN

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    Hmmm..............

    We used to have mailing envelopes with our return printed. And had to buy labels for printing the addresses.

    Affix the label and the stamp.

    Now with the Stamps.com I put in a small stack of envelopes. It prints my return, address it is going to, and the postage. Do this will watching TV or doing paper work. Definitely made our process easier and shorter.

    They only charge like $4 a month for the service, plus the postage.
     
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think that I am going to look into it Glan
     
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    I do 10% also. I do push it, though. This year I had $10,000 in the bank before I mowed a single lawn. That's just from 20 customers. I base it on 26 weeks of mowing. If the customer wants to pay for other stuff up front, I do that as well (leaf cleanup, edging, bushes, whateva). Not only does it bring me money early, I don't have to mess with billing those people every month, which is a pain! I never thought folks would do it, but it's very popular. :D :D
     
  10. GLAN

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    Not bad...........

    With us, we mail them our company monthly letter anway. At least we don't process the billing on those prepays.
     

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