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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jackflash, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. jackflash

    jackflash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    does anyone invoice residential customers by leaving an invoice on the door at the last cutting of a month for all services performed for that month, instead of mailing an invoice to the customer monthly?
    would that work well or not?
  2. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Why would you want to do it that way, as opposed to just creating them all at once at the end of the month and mailing them out all at once???
  3. Triple L

    Triple L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 524

    screw Canada Post, $0.54 / stamp. Your at the property anyways. Whats that 2 seconds to drop it off in the box. Id rather spend that money on something else.
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I'm guessing you hand write your invoices then?
  5. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi jackflash,

    I am sure there are LCO's out there who do this. Try it out and if it works for you. Great!
  6. SoloMow

    SoloMow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    I do this with several of my customers. After the last monthly visit, I tape it to their back doors. It helps me because my invoices are staggered throughout the month. I don't have a regular billing day. These customers seem to like it that way. :D I always include a self-addressed envelope with the invoice. Some mail the payment almost immediately, others just leave the check in the envelope and tape it to their back doors where I pick it up on my next visit. No big problems except ONE LADY who failed to sign her check one time, bounced a check another, asked me to "delay" cashing another for 5 days. She is also the only customer I had last season who still owes me $50! :angry: I guess I should have seen it coming! Anyway, dropped her account, but that's another story.
  7. SoloMow

    SoloMow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    This doesn't relate directly to your original question but, since you are talking invoices, definitely get some inexpensive invoice software at Best Buy or Comp USA, etc. Doing your invoices by hand is a major pain. I bought a program by ProVenture for $15.99 that suits my simple operation just fine. Here is the website: www.Elibrium.com Good Luck!
  8. sharon

    sharon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Sometimes it is best to get small amounts of money after each cut instead of a larger amount. Sharon
  9. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Jackflash. That is how I use to do it. Had my usual problems w/ late pays etc. The only problems I see are giving away 4 services instead of 1, or a renter moving and you not knowing.
  10. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    I'm sure that all of the non-professional so called "business" owners and the teenage kids all do it that way. One could also just have them leave the payment under the door mat and then you both have saved a .37 stamp.

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