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Who's the Best & Worst

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Twotoros, Jul 29, 2000.

  1. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,006

    With me:<br>Most timely payers: Self-employed people. They realize that you have bills to pay.<p>The worst: Doctors, Dentist, and Esquires. All three people always have to wait for claims or settlements to be paid. <br>Jean<br><p>----------<br>J-LC Landscaping & Maintenance Gardening<br>C-27 Ca Contr# 770044
     
  2. Mowin4cash

    Mowin4cash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Worst - Commercial sites, most pay when they feel like it, almost never to terms. They wait and write your check on the due date, and then mail it.<p>Best - Private individual residentials who aren't too rich. Most pay at time of service, but at least in 5 days or so. Hell, some of mine even bring me cold Pepsis and cookies out to me while I'm cutting, and then praise me on how sweet I am and how wonderful thier property looks. Boy it's great to be a REPUBLICAN!!!! <p>----------<br>When the mowing gets tough, sharpen your blades, and don't forget to &quot;VOTE REPUBLICAN&quot;!!!<br>
     
  3. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Best:- Chinese & Tiawanese customers.<p>Worst:- Building contractors.<p>Karl<br>
     
  4. SuperiorProfits

    SuperiorProfits LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I would definitely agree chinese are the best. One of my customer is chinese and he runs out the door to pay me and always has a drink in hand. And to top it off he gets the trimmer out and does all of that.<br>Worst Divorced women
     
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Most timely: widows<br>Least timely: dentists<p>Best $ per mow : dentists<br>Least $ per mow: widows<br>
     
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    My best: married couple (actully the home that was in the photo on my bid thread), they usully don't wait for my invoice, they just sent it at the first of the month.<p>My worst: I let her go in March, single woman.<p>I've found that enclosing a SASE inside with my invoices helps the turn around.<p>
     
  7. Grasshopper

    Grasshopper Guest
    Messages: 0

    Best: Old people. They always pay cash too. I have on customer who is about 80 or so and I have been mowing his lawn for 3 years now and have never once had a late payment from him<br>Worst: Everyone else. It's so bad sometimes with these people that when you finally do get their payment, it just seems like a bonus now because it was due so long ago.
     
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    Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    I know what you mean g-hopper . I just had a good customer (always pays...but)<br>let his april,may and june pile up . It was almost 500$ . I wrote on his statement -'<br>'Ouch that's gotta hurt ' <br>What's bad sometimes is that when 2-3 months pile up the customer can feel what it costs as well as see it . <br>Seems I always have 8-10 dragging their feet to pay . You just want to call and say &quot; Ya know if this is such a finacial burden maybe you should be doing it yourself.<br>I had a contractor wait to pay his last 3 months bill til Dec.12th . I had sent him a final notice 'going to collection ' letter . We sent them on the same day . When he got mine he popped off a letter of his own firing me . I won't repeat what I told him in a response letter of my own . I could scream sometimes.
     
  9. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 628

    Best-responsible people of any age/church folks from my church- I can lay a guilt trip if I have to :)<br>Worst- arabs, (indian &quot;habib' doctors & motel owners, 7-11 store owner types). They want it done for nothing with lots of freebies thrown in, then won't pay you for 8 months. Also the 25 & under newly married generation-Why aren't they mowing it them selves???? They think since you have all that equip it's OK to hire you then stiff you. Boy my 4x4 lays a mean yard job :)<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
     
  10. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 490

    Best- Senior citizens that don't drive
    Worst- Real Estate Hucksters
     

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