my new invoices

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by bobbygedd, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    customer commented that she thought my new invoices were rude. give me your opinions. i just had 2,000 invoices printed up, at the bottom of the page, next to the total due, it says, in bold red letters, " PAYMENTS MUST BE RECIEVED NO LATER THAN THE DUE DATE. LATE FEES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. NO EXCEPTIONS! we appreciate your cooperation." whatta u think?
  2. garth1967

    garth1967 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    i think thats pretty good doesnt say anything about being arrested or having your letter box blown up
  3. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Bob you forgot the shovel clause. Payments must be recieved not later than the due date. Upon deliquency you will be wacked one time in a region deemed appropiate by the whacker. Any questions will be grounds for further whacking. All late fees will be strictley enforced to include a nominal fee for recieved whacking.
  4. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 837

    NO EXCEPTIONS - You forgot "If you have a problem please Dial 1500 somebody who gives a toss"

    Otherwise it works for me. I build walls so I include the clause.."Goods and Services Provided under this contract remain our property until paid in full"...but what are you gunna do? take the clippings back?:dizzy:
  5. walker-talker

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

    Why do you have to have your invoices pre-printed? Can't you just print that clause on there when you print your invoice?
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I was starting to get a few late payers a year or so ago and did something like that. Only one complaint, he cancelled actuallly. The thing is he always paid on time. I did get the late payers to pay on time though.
  7. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,002

    maybe say it a bit more subtle. bills i get from phone, electric, etc, have a due date and list ammount or percentage after that date. as long as you have a reasonable period for them to pay before due date.... 2 weeks instead of 2 days.
  8. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    I think the ones that take it offensive are the ones who are always on time, late payers know its aimed at them, the best payers look at it like, why is that highlighted at me? Bobby you need some that say we appreciate your prompt payments. for the ones you never have a problem with.
    I myself print straight out of quick books and note whatever I want on the bottom.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Well bobby i know not ever 1 will abid by the rules let me sell out hire me to collect, bouncer if you will call that.
  10. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,961

    Bold capitol letters is shouting...offensive in cyber world.
    Red letters sounds like your pissed off.
    A quick glance at the invoice shouts " pay me NOW A**HOLE !!!
    It also tells me that you have trouble collecting money...regularly. People have a problem paying if they don't feel completely satisfied. Reading that on an invoice would make me wonder if I was completely satisfied.
    To speed up payments, I will bill for December on 12/23. payment is due Jan 4. I enclose a return envelope with a bar code on bottom speeding delivery to my mail box.

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