Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Monthly Weekly or per service Billing


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-08-2013, 05:45 PM
stansg1fresh stansg1fresh is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 4
stansg1fresh is on a distinguished road
Default Monthly Weekly or per service Billing

I have a snow customer that is a pain, she wants me to bill mothly for her snow services but the last time she questioned if I did her snow the day I billed for.

Well it amazes me because shes old and always home and the shades were up, it's noon and the snow blowers roaring! So how can she not know I'm there?
I send her a invoice and always include a self addressed stamped return envolope making it very simple.
This is they same person that whats me to cut her lawn twice a month.
I only charge $ 35.00 for snow removal and $35.00 per cut but shes always questioning things like does the lawn need to be cut!

I know shes on her third company for services now because some bigger companys mow or blow just to bill but thats not me.
I work with my customers and shes the only one unhappy.
Maybe she should pre pay for services.
I don't do contracts and only have residential accounts and it's eaiser for me to come home do the invices and mail them out because Elderly people will try to tie you up for hours talking.

So how do you bill for services?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 02-08-2013, 10:03 PM
krzys666 krzys666 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 4
krzys666 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
my residential customers get billed after each time.
commercial properties are on a contract
__________________
Krzysztof
Zawadzki Landscaping
203-212-2498

www.zawadzkilandscaping.com
http://www.facebook.com/ZawadzkiLandscaping
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-11-2013, 12:18 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,009
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I have a snow customer that is a pain, she wants me to bill mothly for her snow services but the last time she questioned if I did her snow the day I billed for.
How would you ideally like to handle it?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-12-2013, 08:55 AM
stansg1fresh stansg1fresh is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 4
stansg1fresh is on a distinguished road
Default prepay

I think she may have to go to pre pay services.
This might be the only way she "gets It".
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-13-2013, 07:23 AM
patrick6411 patrick6411 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 106
Rep Power: 3
patrick6411 is on a distinguished road
Default

If you have a phone with a camera snap a before and after image. Make sure to snap them at different areas, each time. Then include these images on your invoices that you mail out. I do this and have found that nobody questions if I have been to their property. This also builds a case if you ever have to take civil action against a property owner. This also allows you to photo areas that may need extra care. I have used these images to show customers before and after lawn care to keep them happy. The way you keep up with whose photos these are is keep a folder on your desk top and name them with the address. I keep a folders within the main folder titled with the address on my clients.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-13-2013, 02:04 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,009
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What if you knocked on her door when you are done and have her sign a receipt that you were there?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-19-2013, 07:19 AM
grass guru grass guru is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 43
Rep Power: 4
grass guru is on a distinguished road
Default

My advice... Fire her. If she is the only one causing a headache, why deal with it? You know its not you, or the service. A lot of old people like to gripe. I had one that wanted mulch, fertilizer, and lawn service, but needed it to be a certain budget. We finally agreed on services, and a monthly budget. (I installed a $500 mulch job for her in spring, and divided it out over 6 monthly payments, along w/weekly lawn service, and 1 fert/lime app). I tell every customer every spring, "I do not know the exact date or time of your service. Days and times may change the first month, as I add other customers, and my routes need to be modified. After 1 month, things should be settled down, and your service will be on the same day every week, or the day before, or day after depending on the weather. " Every customer understands this, and is fine with it. This specific customer had her lawn mowed on Thursdays for the first 2 weeks, then my route had to change, and she was then serviced on Mondays. First, she demanded that I set her sprinklers to only run 1x/week for 10 to 15mins, even though I told her that is not enough water for her lawn. She then demanded I cut her lawn at 1", which is the height her neighbor cuts his. I told her this was unhealthy for lawn since she is watering it so little, and cutting it that low will damage/dull my blades, and I will not cut it that short. She told me thats what her last lawn service said. Next, she demanded that I cut her lawn on Friday. Told her I was not in area, and it wasnt possible., so she said she will have to find someone who will cut it on Fridays (turned out best) She found a new service, and paid him his money, but still owes me over $250, and counting. Late fees add up quick. She sends me $50 every once in a while,but my point is, she wants, wants, wants, wants, and when its time to pay, she doesnt, doesnt, doesnt, doesnt, or cant. If a customer starts to become demanding, I will cut them off. Its not worth the hassle.

Also, its not worth it to knock on the door before you start service. They will talk forever, and ask for additional services "as a favor", or complain about your last visit.
As far as pics for each property, each time you service it? Are you a lawn service company, or a photography company? I might take a photo of problem areas in lawns for a before and after, or to verify a fungus, disease, or nutrition problem w/local extension office, but if a customer cant tell i mowed their lawn by the different direction of stripes, or the smell of fresh cut lawn, and they question it, its time to say goodbye. I dont have time, or energy to deal with it, or try to prove I was there. I tell customers i dont have time to play games. I will be there on my scheduled day to mow, and if the lawn needs mowed, I mow it, and invoice it. If it doesnt need mowed, I dont mow it. If you think it doesnt need mowed, and you can either text or email me, I would appreciate it. Otherwise, if I continuoisly drive to hour property, and it doesnt need to be mowed, I will have to charge a minor maintenance fee to recoupe some of my expenses. I have yet to have a customer complain about that. If I end up charging the maintenance fee, its usually only $5 or so just to pay for gas etc.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-19-2013, 08:56 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

I think prepay is a good idea. But the best idea is to get rid of her. Not worth the headache or complaints. Fill her slot with someone who is willing to pay for services and who doesn't complain. I don't know how much time you spend dealing with her "problems", but you may even be able to fill her slot with 2 new customers!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-19-2013, 10:54 AM
I Cut Grass LLC I Cut Grass LLC is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 3
I Cut Grass LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Unfortunately this is going to be the case for a lot of home owners- it's not limited to senior citizens. Customers will ask about billing/services even after they already asked you. Best thing you can do is to keep detailed notes on the visits for those customers who are high maintenance like that. Also, you may want to create a ticket system, something basic that you can put in his/her mailbox each time you come by. If necessary, you can take a photo too and email it to them when you are done- this is easy if you have a smart phone. Some customers might not be keen to email though. Monthly invoicing is common and the more serious you are and the more your business grows you'll find it's better. Unfortunatley you dont get your money as quickly this way but it also opens your time so you dont have to deal with recording money transactions as frequently. For those customers who are high maintenance it's best to have a written work agreement between you both. This is especially true for older clients- what would you do if he/she died and had a balance they owed? These are just some ideas but I am very familiar with what you are going through as I always have a handful of these clients each year. One more thing to think of /consider. As you probably know, when you are serivicing a specific property you are also advertising for your business b/c neighbors and passersby will see your quality of work and how you and your staff carry yourselves. Where the other/previous service providers failed you can succeed. Hope this perspective helps.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weekly mowing...monthly pricing?? dirtbikekid Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 5 08-08-2012 04:29 PM
selling weekly service vs.bi-weekly lonestarlawn General Business Discussions 28 07-16-2012 12:10 AM
Customer Wanting to use credit card and monthly billing HDfromTX Starting a lawn care business. 12 05-04-2010 11:53 AM
Monthly Billing or Programs zachslawncare Starting a lawn care business. 4 04-01-2008 09:42 AM
how does monthly billing work CarrollContractors Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 09-12-2003 08:23 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Starting a legit...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
Yesterday 08:19 PM
Today 02:50 PM
by jhinton
4 72
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 04:21 PM
Today 02:42 PM
by Steve
19 378
Doug With Blades Of...
BladesofSteel
03-03-2015 08:40 PM
Today 02:38 PM
by Steve
3 65
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
Today 01:57 PM
by jhinton
12 5,264
Looking for royalty free...
Trupro
Today 10:50 AM
Today 01:48 PM
by Trupro
3 38
Ground Guys
Pattersonllc
Yesterday 07:49 PM
Today 01:39 PM
by jhinton
2 59
Distant measuring wheel
CurbAppeal1
Today 01:34 PM
Today 01:34 PM
by CurbAppeal1
0 8
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
Today 01:12 PM
by CurbAppeal1
8 827
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
Today 12:02 PM
by SC93
19 570
New Website
brian'slawncare
03-01-2015 06:35 PM
Today 10:48 AM
by Trupro
9 190
Employee Training...
Trupro
Today 10:46 AM
Today 10:46 AM
by Trupro
0 14
How do YOU charge your...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
03-02-2015 09:28 PM
Yesterday 08:19 PM
by Bradcook21
3 122
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 07:47 PM
Yesterday 07:47 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 40
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Yesterday 07:33 PM
by CurbAppeal1
25 7,769
Front page google...
CurbAppeal1
Yesterday 06:04 PM
Yesterday 07:28 PM
by CurbAppeal1
4 64
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
Yesterday 06:47 PM
by BladesofSteel
14 2,008
hoa bid
Bradcook21
Yesterday 07:12 AM
Yesterday 04:49 PM
by Steve
2 87
Incentives for potential...
rmccutchan
02-02-2015 12:09 AM
Yesterday 04:06 PM
by Steve
13 886
Kawasaki Control Assembly
rsanchez1203
03-03-2015 04:21 PM
Yesterday 04:04 PM
by Steve
10 176
All NEW BRASS Black Rain...
BlackRain75
03-03-2015 10:07 PM
Yesterday 02:33 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 59
Moss in grass in the...
tk4454
05-17-2013 12:19 AM
Yesterday 09:08 AM
by Moki
4 1,612
Jesse with Curb Appeal...
CurbAppeal1
03-03-2015 01:44 PM
03-03-2015 06:48 PM
by CurbAppeal1
12 162
New guy from Columbia, SC
holymoly
03-03-2015 05:27 PM
03-03-2015 06:10 PM
by Steve
1 51
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 10:59 AM
03-03-2015 06:08 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 125
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
03-03-2015 05:56 PM
by Steve
45 1,536
What's include in a bid?
ppl
03-02-2015 01:19 PM
03-03-2015 05:53 PM
by Steve
9 223
New Lawn Care Business
S&Z Lawncare
03-02-2015 04:13 PM
03-03-2015 05:39 PM
by Steve
3 132
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
03-03-2015 05:23 PM
by joshlawncare
7 179
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
03-03-2015 02:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
14 2,055
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
03-03-2015 01:26 PM
by jrs.landscaping
30 685
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
03-03-2015 10:38 AM
by brian'slawncare
9 822
pros and cons on...
Wolf4dk
03-02-2015 12:26 AM
03-02-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 156
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
03-02-2015 08:32 PM
by Bradcook21
7 304
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
03-02-2015 04:57 PM
by Steve
5 386
Hi from the beautiful...
nwgirl
02-07-2015 06:01 AM
03-02-2015 04:45 PM
by Steve
5 675
Online Estimator
acrajchel
03-01-2015 05:58 PM
03-02-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
3 145
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
03-02-2015 11:05 AM
by nwgirl
4 615
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
03-02-2015 10:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
16 699
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
03-01-2015 01:46 PM
by Chilehead
8 648
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,899
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,814
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 563
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 165
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 154
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 188
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,853
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 296
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 282
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,918
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 736
» Popular Tags
4wd ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment complex auger billy goat brushcutter blades bush deliquentaccounts design ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris flyers foreman four wheel drive free advertising google gopherhaul growing a lawn care business hiring husqvarna introduction john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets mr dave mulch new business per hour service podcast pricing pto push versus ride running a business secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:54 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:54 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy