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Good Samaritan...Bad Businessman

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by OnMyOwn, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Alright Guys...Let me have it!

    I am an honest person who trying to do good things and treat people well. I got stung for $2,200 last year because I do not have clients sign contracts. As of today, I am about to lose $3,300 to (3) different clients, because I did not have them sign contracts.

    Client #1 - another LCO

    Client #2 - three year client that said they did not authorize the work.

    Client #3 - my Landlord at the warehouse I rent. Said the invoice was too high.

    Next year, I will join the ranks and complete no work without signed approval and payment instructions. I hate the thought of working like this.

    It just blows me away when people intentionally deceive and steal from me.
  2. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    Dude. Charge them everytime you come if they don't want to sign a contract. Sue them. And make sure they are there when you cut.
  3. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 236

    A verbal contract is still a contract, though harder to prove. Get your money.
  4. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372


    Part of the invoices were for accounting services rendered to antother LCO and the majority of the remainder was for multi-day landscaping projects.

    I will contact the attorney, but I hate the thought of taking it to the next level.
  5. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    It has to be done my friend.
  6. logan

    logan LawnSite Senior Member
    from FL
    Messages: 315

    Most of my customers work so they can't be there when I mow. If they don't pay put a lien on their house.
  7. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Don't you think it sounds a little awkward having another competitor doing work at their house?
  8. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    I have 63 accounts with no contracts except one big commercial account and have only been stiffed about $200 in 14 years. But of course this is the exception. I don't like contracts, they keep me from dropping the pita's whenever I want to.
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    i wish i lived closer, but not too close, i mean....indiana?? anyhow, i would show you first hand how to act like a total piece of crap and get your money.
  10. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    with the amount of losses he has, maybe he better pay you to come visit and do a little cost recovery for him (don't forget to pack the shovel) :D

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