charging credit/debit cards daily

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ashs inc, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 601

    Hey guy I do per cut maintenance. I want to start taking credit and debit cards. how can i charge them the day after i cut them. just tired of chasing checks.

  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,109

    Get them to fill out a credit card authorization form when they first contact you prior to it to them and you can charge their card anytime after mowing.
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Lot of guys are starting to use square reader. Only problem keeping card numbers on file is that your responsible if anyone hacks or steals those numbers. And if you do decide to do this call your insurance company and get a rider for this.
  4. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 424

  5. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Subscribed , Ive been wanting to do this for next season as well for non-seasonal customers and those bi-weekly type places. I have a handful of properties who always have paid but they are always late. If I could charge it that day it would eliminate that type of thing and improve cash flow it seems.
  6. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    Remember there's usually a fee that goes with running the card, everytime it's run.
  7. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    daily seems like a lot of work! maybe weekly? unless you have a secretary that needs something to do?
  8. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,109

    Intuit, QuickBooks...kinda expensive, but i keep the cards in a file folder in my locked office, not too worried about someone stealing them
  9. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 601

    we cut appros 25 lawns a day. nothing huge most are .25 acre. just looking for a better way to collect. chasing 25 checks a day gets expensive
  10. tebletlawns

    tebletlawns LawnSite Member
    Male, from Lansing, KS
    Messages: 165

    QuickBooks is cheaper than square on both card swipes and manual entries. I was just looking because this year I will be putting a card on file for All new mowing or chemical customers. Run it once right away for a small amount which will be credited to their account and will only be run again if they become XX days late on their bill. I will obviously get the ok in writing to do so. If they don't have/want me to run a card I don't want them on my route. Does any one know any forms I may need to run a credit card at any time if need be.
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