Pay up front! or no mow for you.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by exmarklover, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. exmarklover

    exmarklover LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 44

    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.
  2. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    neaver thought of it. i never pay for anything up front
  3. exmarklover

    exmarklover LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 44

    a lot of utilities make you pay a month up front.
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    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.
  5. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    dont think you will find to many customers that way
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Pay up front? You're kidding, right? Hell, I can't get most of them to pay on time...
  7. sproutlscape

    sproutlscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    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.
  8. yz250fpilot

    yz250fpilot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    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.
  9. Just Cut

    Just Cut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

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

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    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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