do contracts turn customers away? i havent used mowing contracts at all yet, but market is oversaturated with lco's around here so customers take advantage and get couple mowings, stiff you on bill, then call someone else up and do the same to them. they get free weekly mowing year round and when you take one to court its a matter of who says what. i have about 10% or more of customers like this every year costing me $10,000 a year. i want to do simple contract that says i mow on certain day each week unless weather interferes, they get billed monthly and pay within 2 weeks of bill. if payment not made i stop mowing until it is made. charge late fee after a month past due. 30 days notice to cancel by either party. my dad thinks no customers will sign this. his lawn biz flopped, mine doing ok. if customer dont sign they probably wont pay anyways. if they do sign, good customer for years. thinkin bout givin discount for signing. will people sign or will they call up some new guy that may or may not do good work? we would like to add more customers, but its a waste of time if we dont get paid. because of delinquencies we charge $40-$50 a yard to compensate. most people pay cause I am a state LICENSED COMMERCIAL landscape contractor, bonded, million $ insurance, plus we have more back up trucks and walker mowers than anyone else around here. i just dont want to raise prices anymore for my loyal customers. what do you guys think? thanx!