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This is the first year I am really strapped into lawn care so to speak. I am trying to figure out a easy billing method for my costumers. Last year I billed per month like you do, but I found keeping track of my costumers that are late, and ones that forget is very difficult. Would you recommend a contract type deal? I have let them know I will be making a few billing changes, and they seem to be ok with that. Any input on this subject will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
What I do is at the last service for the month I drop off the invoice for the next months service with the due date being the next service date that way I am always paid a month in advance. NO PAY NO MOW
Hey sir...i just want to say thank you for what you do... I'm about to launch my lawn care business this month and you have been very helpful...i was just saying how I will be needing a simplified way of keeping tabs with my customers, payments, ect. Again sir thank you
I have 2 customers that will not pay. One is just $40 for one cut. The second is $162 and she asked for leaf cleanup twice plus cover her hose bibs and haul off two loads of trash. I have not collected from either of these people but invoiced each via mail and tried calling and texting. Any advice?
Lawn Care Business Wow. I had no idea other's in the industry had such similar problems collecting. The $162 lady paid me yesterday. The $40 guy lives out of town and asks me to mow his duplex here in town.
Sorry to hear that collection is difficult. If they will not answer the phone, i try to knock on the door and see if I can talk to them in person. Persistence is key. Once it took me over a year to collect around $200. I just happened to catch her at home one day and she paid after many attempts to call
I am just starting in Australia, not having a bad experience but could be better, I have 5 regular customers 1 is an Australian wide company I also maintain his rental and pays by EFT after i issue an invoice using MYOB and he pays same day I give 7 days although I think he can tell I'm new not by quality but price I am still working that out I did a weeding and putting mulch in his garden and I said 150 and he told that would be the price of just of mulch but he offered more and I haven't heard anything bad and he is still calling for both properties also i live in the tropics and end of year is dry start to may is wet any good tips of rain mowing
yea I hope so should pick up soon its just pouring with rain & always seeing post of gardeners not turning up after quotes given maybe they got a higher paying job really annoys me when a $50-$60 job gets turned down for $600-$1500 job most of the time the $50-$60 turns out to be regulars but thank you for your videos really helpful on have a sedan, 8x5 cage trailer, push mower, line trimmer, & blower I am trying to take your suggestion to look at used ride-ons and upgrading to premium fuels and oils, partners father is a car nut and only recommends it just picked a a resort today but just a rubbish removal
Glad you landed a good customer your first year. Sometimes, that is what it takes to get your business off the ground. For me, year 2 seems to go much better than year 1. I hope that is the case for your business
Thanks for the reply. So if they do pay with credit card, what is the procedure that you use to complete payment?
Do you do it via phone, or face to face with a swiper on your phone, ect.
I've only done cash and check, and I need to have credit to add to make things easier for my customers.
I used yardbook.com for my lawn care software. It has a built in credit card functionality. I can keep a credit card on file or the customer can pay with a credit card from my website or if I email them the invoice
First of all - awesome videos! I have learned a lot from them!
I do the same business in Estonia and I have a question about clients. What are a few main customer types that you focus your marketing on (older people, real estate agents etc)? What are the most likely commercial customers that will need your help?
Would be so grateful for that insight because I've been struggling with it lately! :)
+Kodu Võlurid Wow, I didn't realize lawn care was a business in Estonia. I don't necessarily target a certain people but I do target certain neighborhoods. I target neighborhoods with many homes that are small to medium size lawns. I prefer neighborhoods with new homes being built because new people will be moving into those homes
I use Wave accounting software. It's free. And through their software you can easily get setup to take credit cards and do invoicing. Through Wave, I email the customer their invoice, they pay with a CC and it's deposited in my bank account. I never see their CC info. It's worked very well so far. Of course most of my customers still prefer to leave cash or check in the BBQ grill, etc....and that's fine too. I'll take it however they want to give it, lol
I started using Yardbook and it's been helpful. For a free software, you can't beat it. I have been using the email invoicing to collect for all of my services. Clean ups and aerations have been "one-time" services and I send an invoice after work is completed. But I get people to prepay the month when it comes to mowing. Thanks for sharing, Jason.
Aeration is profitable. I do everything 100% prepay now. rent until it makes sense to purchase. I can stack all of my aerations during 1 week and get a good rental rates. 2017 season I may purchase an aerator due to growth .
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The World Has Changed.
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The Flipside Is Being Ignored.
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Capitulation Is A Good Sign.