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what is the best way to get paid credit cards prepay s ect.

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by hunter140, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. hunter140

    hunter140 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    i am thinking about making all my customers either prepay or charge there credit cards or colecting a check upon service . this is not going to include contracts or good paying customers. what do you think is it a good idea and will i loose some customers?
  2. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    good luck getting them to pay when service is done
  3. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
    Messages: 513

    Have a credit card pay button on your website. Also get the square(or similar) swiper for your phone. Ive been thinking of doing the auto pay thing. Had one customer ask to do it.
  4. hunter140

    hunter140 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    thanks for the advice. I do plan to get a divice that i can swipe the cards and i,m offering a 10% discount to prepay . the reason for the change in the way i will bill is the same few people just will not pay on time and it effects cash flow.
  5. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Raleigh
    Messages: 583

    For some customers, I send them an email with a "pay now" button in it. They can use paypal or credit card.

    It's free to set up through paypal, but they get a percentage plus a fee for every transaction.

    I encourage people to just use their free billpay from their bank. Saves them trouble and postage, and saves me the transaction fees.
  6. xtremelawn

    xtremelawn LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 109

    We just started credit cards 2 months ago. offered it to all customers and had about half agree to it. our new rule is the first time a customers hits the 45 day mark they are switched to pre pay or credit card payment only. if they say no then i dont want them as a customer. we've had no problems.

  7. hunter140

    hunter140 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    thank you for the advice. extremelawn i was wondering if you lost ant customers in the swich in policy . iwas told by another person in the business he lost 1 or 2 and was not at all concerned to loose people who will not pay on time. thats again for your imput.
  8. xtremelawn

    xtremelawn LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 109

    there are plenty of good customers out there. if you lose a couple of slow payers don't worry about it. you have a lot better ways to spent your time than chasing bad debt. most of our slow payers were gald we offered the option of credit card payments

  9. hunter140

    hunter140 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    i could not agree any more thanks again i thought that would be your answer or something like that . thanks again for your input . i,m going to set up a pay pal account
    and send letters next month.
  10. AAELI

    AAELI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    The majority of my mowing customers have prepaid for the year. Our mowing season is year round so we cut every two weeks. Annual contracts that are prepaid are given then value added services of quarterly fertilization and chemical weed controls at no extra charge. Not having to chase down payments monthly is worth it for me.

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