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Billing for commercial accounts

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by kleankutslawn, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    hello.my question is on your commercial accounts do you guys cut all month then bill the customer?Do you bill mid-month to receive by in of month?My reason for asking is a lot of my commercial accounts i bill at the end of the month & i still have not got paid for October invoices.Please give me some advise on my problem.Thanks in advance

  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    some (usually the national chains) pay 30 net .... I send my invoices out by the 5th with payment due by the 20th
  3. cborden

    cborden LawnSite Member
    from 46140
    Messages: 179

    In my experience, 30-45 days is pretty normal. The paper work / bill has to be kicked up to who ever pays that service account. I have a restaurant and the check comes from Texas, I have a couple of grocery stores and the check comes from Illinois.
  4. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    Some of my Residentials still havent paid for October. Everybody seems to forgrt this time of year.
  5. Equipguy

    Equipguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    We bill on the 15th of each month with the bill due by the 25th and we receive 90% within that time frame. The rest pay in 30 days. We do include the payment schedule in our contract and make sure the property manager or accounting manager understands our requirements. Some accounts require a reminder phone call early in the contract period. Should someone not pay by the 30 day make we stop service. This usually doesn't happen. Good Luck
  6. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    well i guess this is normal.thanks for your responses.seems like a long time when you have worked for a whole month then have to wait another month for payment
  7. tm ent.

    tm ent. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    At the restaraunts I do I get an invoice signed weekly. They turn them in every week but the main office only pays at the end of the month
  8. Phillylawnboy

    Phillylawnboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I send bills out on the 1st business day of the month. Payable by the last day of the month, if bills are not paid by the last day there is a penalty. As long as customers know what the billing requirements are you should not have a problem
  9. EGL&L

    EGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Our contracts are based on a total seasonal amount for all services. That seasonal value is then split into 10 equal monthly payments. We submit a payment schedule with the contract, and then invoice each month on the 15th, due by the 30th. Most are paid on time, but few take a couple more days, but not a problem with me so long as we get paid.
    I am happy to say that after 2 years I have only written off a loss of $1.49, and that was for someone who paid before invoice and omitted the tax.
  10. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

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