customer wants to pay every 3 months

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by desert rose gardening, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I work year round so I don't have time to sit around and make up scenarios to post on here. One of my customers sent me a check with a note that they want to pay every 3 months. I was thinking what would be the best way to do this. #1 get paid after 3 months. #2 get paid before the work is done. or #3 meet them in the middle. I'm going to do #3.
  2. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,120

    Three months in advance. Anything else, you're asking for trouble.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Have them prepay for the 3 months (or the whole year with a small discount)
  4. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    Pre-pay is your absolute best bet. Why anyone would agree to work for someone for three months before getting paid is beyond me. This applies to self-employment as well as traditional employment.
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    if you are going to do #3, is there a question in this?

    if there is, I would only accept #2.

  6. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I gave a 7% discount last year for customers that wanted to pay the entire year upfront....I only had one bite. Of course any extras were still billed throughout the season. I am not doing that this year.

    Get it up front.....of you will regret it.

  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    How well do you know them? Do they have a good track record of paying on time? This would play a big factor in your decision, but #3 looks good to me. Even now, most of us extend credit for 4 weeks....with #3 it will be only 6.5 weeks.
  8. MacPhersonlawn

    MacPhersonlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    I do this for one customer. That the annual fee, divide by four, and bill at the end of each quater. Since I provide only a small amount of service during Jan - Mar I am usually ahead for the rest of the season. You do have to have a good reationship first. It is a big estate and the only customer where I get over $100 per hour for mowing. It works for me.
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I would agree with the majority on here with just ask to be pre-paid up front for 3 months
  10. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 527

    If you do #1 you may as well wear a shirt that says "please walk all over me."

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