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Pay up front! or no mow for you.

exmarklover

LawnSite Member
Location
midwest
OK, how many of you guys make people pay up front? I have run a video production company for 4 years now and every person or company pays me ALL up front before I even break out the equipment, now having said that I am mowing some commercial lots, and from the way I understand it most of you bill after the job is done. Does anyone bill a week of month in advance to protect you from getting ripped off? And I don't want to hear you have a contract because I have been down that road and you do not all ways win (some lie in the Court room! Shocking I know). Just some thoughts please.
 

John Gamba

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
ct
Originally posted by exmarklover
OK, how many of you guys make people pay up front? I have run a video production company for 4 years now and every person or company pays me ALL up front before I even break out the equipment, now having said that I am mowing some commercial lots, and from the way I understand it most of you bill after the job is done. Does anyone bill a week of month in advance to protect you from getting ripped off? And I don't want to hear you have a contract because I have been down that road and you do not all ways win (some lie in the Court room! Shocking I know). Just some thoughts please.
Thats the one thing about this mowing thing that sucks:mad: If we got together and demanded payment up front it would be alot better.
I think you will have a hard time doing it because of all the losers in this business.
John
 

rodfather

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Clinton, NJ
Pay up front? You're kidding, right? Hell, I can't get most of them to pay on time...
 

sproutlscape

LawnSite Member
Location
Connecticut
Originally posted by rodfather
Pay up front? You're kidding, right? Hell, I can't get most of them to pay on time...
I do have 1 doc's office that pays up front for mowing. Get ride of the part-time guys, losers, non-tax payers in this business and just maybe the real businesses owners could demand something like this.
 

yz250fpilot

LawnSite Member
Location
North Alabama
I had a customer last year that paid me monthly in advance. It was nice to not have to worry about collections on that account. I know it worried me when I left a bill at one customer's home and saw a notice that his utilities were turned off due to non-payment. However, I was promptly paid by him. Some people slacked on their timeliness for payment, but I have not had a "non-payer" yet. The first one I get .......gets a salted lawn. :) Advance payments would be nice. They would alleviate all worries.
 

Just Cut

LawnSite Member
Location
Michigan
I have been receiving advanced payments for a couple of years, Why should I spend extra time chasing money around. no pay no mow:)
 

mtdman

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
A2, Michigan
I get about 25% of my customers to pay up front for the season in advance. Other than that, I make 'em put down a deposit if they continually pay late.
 
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