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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Pay Day!

General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-06-2009, 02:48 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default Pay Day!

Alright, so I'm at the stage where I'm letting clients go'f themselves.

The customers who pay little, are whiny & irritating.

I'll give fake customer names:

Roger pays $50.00 a month for lawn service. His property is small, & the payment is simple.

In May, Roger is impressed with the first cut. Roger referred my lawn service to a friend, & gains a discount, a.k.a a free mowing.

Roger then gets another friend to mow his lawn, the last week of May.

Roger is billed for one mowing during May.

June. Roger hasn't paid for one mowing & the full month of June.

It's currently July, Roger now owes $112.50

ROGER needs to ANSWER his PHONE!!! Or Breeze Lawn Service will no longer maintain his grass.

Anyway, he obviously is going to panic when he finds out how much is owed, but that's what happens when you avoid making steady payments.

Client = Dropped


Steve is the person who Roger referred my service to. Steve appreciated the first mowing, but was told to pay the following week.

Steve calls the following week & says, "I'm having soil spread out on my lawn, so don't come until I call you"

I don't bother collecting just yet, figuring it wouldn't be that long until he calls.

May ends, June starts.

The grass is grown nicely, unfortunately I was only able to charge Steve for 1 mowing in June.

He is billed for July, plus 2 mowings.

Steve is arguing the amount he now owes. Yet he makes his way to the bank, & pays honestly. Only after a fuss & a glance at my papers.

Client = Soon to be dropped


Bob wants his grass mowed twice a month. I take the job, knowing his grass doesn't grow too much anyway.

Bob hires my service in June, he now owes for 2 mowings. It's now July, Bob owes for July + 2 mowings, & is now "out of town for awhile"

Client = Dropped


Now for phone calls I've recieved:

Scott: Breeze Lawn Service, Scott speaking.

Lady: Hi I was wondering how your service works, like do I pay monthly?

Scott: Yes, it's monthly.

Lady: Well what do you do?

Scott: Lawn maintenance.

Lady: I was thinking of weeding.

Scott: We do that too.

Lady: I don't get how I have to pay monthly?

Scott: You don't pay monthly for weeding. You pay half on our arrival, & half when the job is finished.

Lady: I'm sure it wont take a month to do.

Scott: We weed 3 consecutive days, depending on the size of your garden.

Lady: Well it's small, it wont take you 3 days.

Scott: Well give me your address & I'll swing by & give you an estimate.

Lady: Well when can you start?

Scott: It's raining now, & it's supposed to ease off on Thursday. So we'll start Thursday.

Lady: Hmmm, well if you wait for a nice day, I mind as well just do it myself.

Scott: Ok?

Lady: I don't want to wait that long.

Scott: It's raining until Thursday, it's all I can offer. What is your address so I can give you an estimate?

Lady: I'll give you my number only, & you can call me when your ready.

**************** YEAH... RIGHT.... *smells trouble*

Last edited by CHEESE2009; 07-06-2009 at 02:50 PM.
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

Old 07-06-2009, 02:53 PM
XtreemGreen XtreemGreen is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pasco, Fla
Age: 45
Posts: 429
Rep Power: 8
XtreemGreen is on a distinguished road

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Life seems to be full of drama... huh?

In Memory of My Dad..1943-2008..Gary "Snuffy" Smith
Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2009, 03:18 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road

Originally Posted by XtreemGreen View Post
Life seems to be full of drama... huh?
I'm not a genius, but when I talk to some of my customers, or many callers... I feel like I'm dealing with tards.

People can be really weird, or hitting the bottle too hard.

The lesson I learned: Never be generous, not even slightly.

Always collect payment, even if it's a few bucks... Eventually it will rack up & scare your client.

I have one client who's the opposite of the clients I've written about. This client always pays too much. I tell her thanks, but no thanks. Yet I guess she enjoys making me feel like an ***, & will most likely find something to complain about later in the season where I'll be owing more money then I'm making. So... shucks! lol
Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2009, 05:02 PM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 30
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road

This is nothing

I have a contract with the Rainbow School Board here and I do 3 schools for them. I have sent them a bill for May and June and I couldn't get payed until I got my WSIB number (which I did on friday). The letter that I got from WSIB on friday quotes

"Justin Pitre contacted our office on May 12, 2009 indicating that he does not employ workers and requested a determination of status under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act"

Haha, May 12, and I got this on friday ? What a joke
Reply With Quote


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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
Today 05:13 PM
by Chilehead
5 921
ATV Plowing and Services...
Yesterday 07:55 PM
Today 03:37 PM
3 66
Hi, new member looking...
Yesterday 06:03 PM
Today 12:41 PM
by Steve
1 32
Help a Brother Out -...
01-23-2012 05:19 PM
11-23-2015 05:25 PM
by Steve
90 31,650
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 08:34 AM
11-17-2015 11:43 AM
by Steve
20 1,827
First house clean up,...
11-04-2015 06:28 PM
11-14-2015 06:12 AM
by Brian3137
12 910
Leaf removal
11-09-2015 01:17 PM
11-13-2015 08:13 PM
by Bradcook21
8 833
Any feedback on Toro...
Ian Lovejoy
11-12-2015 08:46 AM
11-12-2015 02:59 PM
by Steve
1 425
Don't pick up those...
11-11-2015 08:04 AM
11-12-2015 12:06 AM
by Steve
1 632
buying existing company
11-11-2015 10:51 AM
11-11-2015 06:49 PM
by Steve
1 603
Snow Plowing /...
11-06-2015 06:28 AM
11-11-2015 09:15 AM
by kslawn
8 869
Has anyone created an...
11-11-2015 07:52 AM
11-11-2015 07:52 AM
by mark123
0 554
Buying a business
11-01-2015 12:50 PM
11-10-2015 06:54 PM
by Steve
15 2,120
Rocky Newbe
11-06-2015 06:09 AM
11-09-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
3 710
Say Hello !!!
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-09-2015 06:01 PM
by Steve
1,239 423,665
Scored 2 Freebies Tonight
08-07-2009 04:14 AM
11-09-2015 05:52 PM
by Steve
16 6,198
Customers dodging the...
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
11-08-2015 05:36 PM
by Chilehead
4 718
Starting a mowing...
10-23-2015 06:55 PM
11-05-2015 12:47 AM
by Steve
9 4,095
Property Pricing
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
11-04-2015 06:35 PM
by Brian3137
6 1,980
What am I looking at...
09-14-2015 04:51 PM
11-02-2015 05:53 PM
by Steve
31 5,491
starting organic...
10-04-2015 01:22 PM
11-02-2015 05:46 PM
by Steve
4 4,081
Mister Joe in...
Mister Joe
10-30-2015 08:40 PM
11-02-2015 05:43 PM
by Steve
6 1,878
Three Year In -...
Ian Lovejoy
10-26-2015 11:21 AM
11-02-2015 05:41 PM
by Steve
9 3,960
Mowing golf course
10-31-2015 07:11 PM
11-02-2015 05:03 PM
by SC93
10 1,973
Just landed a nice...
10-29-2015 02:56 PM
10-30-2015 09:39 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
4 1,949
Credit Cards - What's in...
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
10-30-2015 09:20 PM
by Steve
13 6,684
Hello From Michigans U.P.
09-28-2015 04:48 AM
10-29-2015 11:11 PM
by Steve
6 4,073
Aeration, overseeding...
Ian Lovejoy
10-26-2015 11:01 AM
10-27-2015 05:46 PM
by Steve
1 1,942
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:21 PM.

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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:21 PM.

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