Archive for the 'Debt Collection' Category

How to deal with a lawn care customer’s bounced check.

As if running a lawn care business wasn’t tough enough, how should you handle a situation where your lawn care customer pays you with a check and when you go to try and cash the check, it bounces? In such situations, you can get hit with a bounced check fee from the bank, that can [...]

How best to handle a lawn care customer who is late to pay?

Do you ever find a lawn care customer is late on paying his bill? How do you handle this? Do you continue to service the property or do you talk to the client about it? Maybe you choose a third option of sending out a few late payment reminder letters in the mail? One member [...]

My HUD housing mowing nightmare.

Here is a classic tale of what can happen when you are too eager for work. Some lawns are unmowed because the cost to mow them is just too high. You always have to visit each and every property you are bidding on, before you submit your bid. If you don’t and you are too [...]

Does your lawn care contract scare your customers?

The longer you are in business, the longer your lawn care contracts tend to get. Why? The simple reason is, as you go through life and operate your business, you run into new and interesting situations with your customers that you feel could have been resolved if only you had that in your lawn care [...]

What has and hasn’t worked in my lawn care business.

When you know ahead of times the things others have tried that have worked or not worked, you can then more quickly apply the lessons to your lawn care business. Such lessons can save you years of problems with your own business experimentation. Here are some great insights as to what has and hasn’t worked [...]

Why their businesses failed.

Knowing why businesses fail can be just as important as knowing why others succeed. Hearing success stories can be really interesting and entertaining. Those who succeed always have them and they tend to be these glossed over stories on how, they simply over came obstacles and worked hard. However, the law of averages states there [...]

Should you burn bridges when you don’t get paid?

No one likes to work for a company and not get paid for doing it. There are many ways to resolve payment issues and move on with life. However, what should you do when you are working for cash, under the table and not reporting the income? You enter into a murky world that is [...]

How your attitude can effect your ability to collect payment.

There are so many reasons why starting your lawn care business can be tough. One of the reasons is how your attitude can effect your ability to collect payments from customers. When a person has a normal job, they should have a normal attitude, but many times an employee can go about their work and [...]

Help! I am having a communication breakdown with my customer.

When you have a communication breakdown with a customer, things can disintegrate fast. What was once a good interaction can quickly slide into being a terrible one. After you have been through a few of these situations, you start getting a feel for when situations are starting to take a turn for the worse. When [...]

How to make sure you get paid from your landscaping jobs.

The first rule you should learn when it comes to running your lawn care or landscaping business is never lose money. The second rule is to not forget the first rule. With that said, many lawn care and landscaping business at some time, lose money on a job and some times it is big money. [...]

Don’t let a lawn care customer go long without paying.

For many new lawn care business owners, there is this tendency to be a wishful thinker. If a lawn care customer owes you for one month’s worth of work already, you might find that you try to justify in your head if you keep working, they will eventually pay you. You may also be afraid [...]

How to keep your lawn care customers all year long.

It can be really difficult to keep your lawn care customers signed up with you for service all year long, especially when the season slows down. If you lose contact with them during the slow months, it can be tough to get in touch with them to sign up and start again in the Spring. [...]

Accounts receivable is a silent business killer.

All too often, accounts receivable, is over looked by new lawn care business owners. When a new lawn care business owner is just getting started, they figure they would rather be working than not working. So as long as they are working, they feel like it is money in the bank. But it is so [...]

Having lawn care customers pay with post dated checks?

Do you have troubles getting paid from your lawn care customers after you mow their yard? This is a big problem that can easily sink a lawn care business. But what should you do about it? What’s the best way to handle this situation? Have you considered post dated checks? One lawn care business owner [...]

Should you use lawn care contracts?

New lawn care business owners quite often think about if they should or shouldn’t be using lawn care contracts with their residential clients. What works best? This was a question that was posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A business owner wrote “My thought is to steer away from “paper” contracts with residential [...]

GopherHaul Lawn Care Business School Now Open!

The GopherHaul Lawn Care Business School is now online.
If you look above along the brown bar header on the Gopher Forum, you will see a new section added to the forum. Our FREE online lawn care business school.
This FREE course the “Class 1 - Lawn Care Business Operator’s Certificate” is designed to give the new [...]

Collections at the end of the lawn care season.

Are you find it difficult to collect on your overdue lawn care business accounts? Are your lawn care customers holding off on paying? This article should help you with some tips and tricks on how to collect payments.
Gary got on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and asked ” last year was my first year [...]

A landscaping and lawn care debt collection letter that works.

Do you have a customer or customers that are telling you repeatedly that the check is in the mail? Maybe they have even go so far as to tell you they aren’t going to pay you. One of our Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum Members had to deal with this issue until she sent out [...]

How to get deadbeat lawn care customers to pay?

This was a great post made on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. It asks what do you do when a lawn care customer refuses to pay their bill? How should a lawn care business owner handle this?
Amy: “Hello everyone! I’m sure it’s happened to most of us…a customer that wants the garden weeded and [...]