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.

Contracts.. written or not


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 07-03-2009, 04:29 AM
golfnpreacher's Avatar
golfnpreacher golfnpreacher is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 28
Rep Power: 6
golfnpreacher is on a distinguished road
Default Contracts.. written or not

My thought is to steer away from "paper" contracts with residential customers and would like opinions of those that have "been there, done that"

My thought is that when things appear to legal and long term, it gives people reasons to hesitate. However, I do send an e-mail that states what I am providing and the expected payment.
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 07-03-2009, 04:54 AM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I don't do paper contracts. I treat the first payment as an agreement to pay.

However, if I were doing monthly contracts I would do a paper contract.

Last edited by mark123; 07-03-2009 at 04:56 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-03-2009, 06:09 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,431
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It seems in general, newer lawn care businesses prefer not to use written contracts but as time goes on and they get burned here or there by a customer, the start using contracts and then adding to them.
__________________
- 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 07-03-2009, 08:50 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by golfnpreacher View Post
My thought is to steer away from "paper" contracts with residential customers and would like opinions of those that have "been there, done that"

My thought is that when things appear to legal and long term, it gives people reasons to hesitate. However, I do send an e-mail that states what I am providing and the expected payment.
I do not do paper contracts with residentials only commercial.
I have a verbal payment agreement with the customer which has worked well for me for the most part. The few customers i have had that gave me payment issues turned out to be PITA customers I don't want anyway so I drop them.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-03-2009, 11:13 AM
golfnpreacher's Avatar
golfnpreacher golfnpreacher is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 28
Rep Power: 6
golfnpreacher is on a distinguished road
Default

I did some checking, an e-mail confirming the scope of service, the conditions and time or schedule of service and the price of that service is considered a "contract" if you should go to court.

So, when I email someone and say...

I will .... (mow, trim, edge, blow, etc) on a weekly basis for $XX.xx per service and will continue this until you notify me of a change. Additional services may be provided on request.

We have a "contract" even though nothing looks scary and legal.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-04-2009, 05:22 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,431
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Could you even put this into a written estimate? Would that be helpful as well? Maybe on top of your email?
__________________
- 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
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-04-2009, 07:38 AM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

I use written agreements, I apologize for all the fine print & explain it line by line but insist that I must have it as a CYA measure as I have been burned many times in the past. The clients you WANT will understand & have no problem with it. The people who are likely to screw you will be scared off & that's fine with me. I do this for year round monthly customers only. Per cuts I do not require anything as it's simple, I come & perform a service. You pay right now (or leave payment for me in a prechosen spot). And even at that... It's usually the "per cuts" that screw me & usually it's some new customer on the 1st service that never sends payment & ducks the phone calls.... so there never is a 2nd service & I send them to collections.
Peaple can be great but some of them just suck, there are some real low life sleaze bags out there.
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

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
HOA contracts neukam Starting a lawn care business. 15 03-27-2009 11:09 AM
Could you get a similar article written about you? Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 1 04-02-2007 08:25 PM
Contracts myrlin General Business Discussions 13 07-06-2006 09:09 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
Yesterday 05:42 PM
Today 09:21 PM
by TRV
3 123
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
Today 05:57 PM
by Steve
21 1,844
Real Estate??
tbtigers03
Yesterday 06:43 PM
Today 05:01 PM
by stevef1201
5 181
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
Today 04:38 PM
by WesleySnips
5 236
Sprinkler head guards...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-27-2014 04:55 AM
Today 02:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 436
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
Yesterday 10:06 AM
Today 02:19 PM
by Steve
5 202
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
Today 01:39 PM
by Steve
17 824
Whe does Mowing season...
jack2048
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Today 01:38 PM
by jack2048
4 201
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
Today 01:30 PM
by Steve
26 1,165
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Today 01:26 PM
by Steve
7 390
Give Me Your Problems
ellakit
Yesterday 04:10 PM
Yesterday 04:10 PM
by ellakit
0 17
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 03:53 PM
by ellakit
1,188 336,287
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
Yesterday 02:17 PM
by Steve
4 348
hey
sizemorelawncare
09-28-2014 08:12 PM
09-29-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
2 278
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
09-29-2014 03:09 PM
by Steve
2 332
Need to figure out how...
tjslawnde
09-28-2014 10:31 AM
09-29-2014 03:05 PM
by Steve
4 343
Aerocore Deck?
wdrdoctor
09-26-2014 06:21 PM
09-29-2014 02:36 PM
by Steve
3 471
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
09-22-2014 06:07 PM
09-29-2014 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 724
How to price lawn mowing.
jack2048
09-24-2014 04:18 PM
09-29-2014 02:27 PM
by Steve
4 584
Pricing ????
6295danny
01-14-2013 07:54 PM
09-29-2014 02:22 PM
by Steve
35 6,594
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
09-27-2014 04:11 PM
by SGL1
30 7,128
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-26-2014 04:16 PM
by stevef1201
5 1,108
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-25-2014 09:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,134
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-25-2014 08:01 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
124 9,336
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
09-23-2014 11:13 AM
by Steve
4 818
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-22-2014 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,193
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
09-22-2014 12:10 AM
09-22-2014 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 763
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-22-2014 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 1,095
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
09-22-2014 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 831
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-22-2014 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 1,461
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 1,494
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,713
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 2,144
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 7,537
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 929
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 1,113
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,543
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 940
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 1,308
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 1,061
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,813
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,552
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,734
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 1,459
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 952
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,082
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,003
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,817
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,544
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,605
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex auger bid billy goat brushcutter blades care charge christmas collections collections subcontractor ditches equipment rental exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health holiday honda how much to charge husqvarna installation john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lesco marketing mechanic monthly mowing mr dave mulch mulch price new buisness new business new mower podcast pto running a business scag schedule scripts search engine optimization seo small engine repair starting a business steve stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walk behind walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:31 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:31 PM.

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