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Contract signing fee??

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Jerry Lee, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Im starting out and i dont know if i should have any kind of signing fee.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I'm guessing you mean a deposit?

    I used to require a deposit for mowing, for one cut, but I dropped it because it was more of a hassle than anything else. Now I bill by credit card so they pay in advance, I get the first month's payment at the time of signup.

    For work like mulch, they have to put 50% down in advance. Really for any work that requires me to buy materials.
  3. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    I collect 30% for any job that requires me to buy materials. Other than that I bill after the work is done including mowing.

    SOUTHERNGREENSCAPES LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    When i was doing some mowing i would ask for the first month up front. Heck, the phone company, gas company, etc. does it, why not me. Why should i risk not getting paid b/c they went price shopping.
  5. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    thanks for commenting

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