Archive for the 'Invoicing' Category

How long do you wait for your money?

Billing lawn mowing clients and being paid in a timely matter can be a monthly battle if you don’t set up a system that makes sense and is relatively standard across the industry. Too many new landscapers will go out and buy expensive equipment, take their time to perform the work, and then wait and [...]

Having troubles collecting payment from your mowing customers?

Depending on how you operate your mowing business, you can run into a lot of troubles trying to collect money from customers once your services are performed. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from entrepreneurs on the various methods they use to ensure they are paid for services rendered. [...]

Is $5 worth confronting a lawn care customer over?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you get called to give an estimate on a lawn care job, then perform the job, only to find out a week or so later when you get your check that the customer didn’t pay the exact amount you bid? What do you do in such [...]

I have some really annoying lawn care customers.

Some commercial lawn care customers will play by the agreed upon contract terms you sign while others will feel they can do whatever they want. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get a little insight into how to deal with a problem commercial mowing customer who either doesn’t pay or [...]

The aftermath of a lawn care season.

There are many problems you can run into through out your mowing season. One problem you want to keep a close eye on is your money. Are your lawn care customers paying you in a timely manner or are you so busy that you don’t have time to stop and review who owes you what. [...]

Spring cleanups, what to do and what to charge?

Spring and fall cleanups are great add on services you can offer your lawn mowing customer. For those customer you have who are on annual property contracts, they are great services to include and increase your profit. But what services should you include in these cleanups and how should customers be billed for them? That [...]

Do you bill your lawn care customers monthly?

When it comes to when you should bill your lawn care customers, there are many variations as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum but there is one important lesson to learn. The faster you are paid, the better it is for you. If you can get paid before [...]

Best way to invoice your lawn care customers.

You might think that invoicing and billing customers would be a priority for most every lawn care business owner. However as we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, this is yet another issue that tends to take time to get figured out by the new entrepreneur. There are many [...]

At my wits end with lawn care customers.

It can be very frustrating trying to collect money from late paying customers. Smaller companies tend to have a harder time dealing with this than larger ones. If you can set up a company policy that covers invoicing and payment collection which allows you to be paid before work begins, you may never have to [...]

Collecting lawn care payments the 2nd year has become a lot more challenging.

Every year you are in business, you are going to learn new lessons. Variables and dynamics will change from year to year and with these changes must come responses. Some changes will be small and simple, while others may require you to rethink your standard operating procedures. Here is a great example from the Gopher [...]

I can’t seem to get ahead.

As a business owners, you need to wear a lot of hats and juggle a lot of responsibilities. Performing the work, is but one small task within a larger picture of jobs that need to be done. As we will see in this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you really need to [...]

5 lawn care business startup questions.

Sure you may have a lot of questions when you are starting up your lawn care business but here is a great collection of 5 questions one new entrepreneur had. He asked them on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and got a few great responses to help better direct him as he sets off [...]

A lawn care business owner’s lesson on debt and debt collection.

A real simple step you can take to help you improve your chances of success is to limit the amount of time a customer can take to pay you. Even better, if you can get paid in advance, that cuts out all the time you might have wasted tracking down late payers. Here is a [...]

What to do when a customer says you didn’t mow their lawn, when you did.

There will always be conflicts you have to deal with as a business owner. Some customers will be picky about your performance. Others will be late payers. Then there will be a small group that will want to fight you over whether or not you had ever showed up on a given day to mow [...]

How to handle a lawn care customer you never met.

Lawn care customers dream up some pretty amazing requests, situations, and scenarios. The quicker you can deal with them, the smoother the situation will go. Here is a great example of a crazy situation as discussed on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Once you read it, you will be better prepared to handle such [...]

First landscape project and invoice.

Have you been performing lawn care for a while and had the desire to perform some landscape projects but were unsure of how to do them or bill them? One member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us a landscape project he created. The job was done for cost so that the [...]

Should you let your employees see your lawn care invoices?

Do you service commercial lawn care customers and due to contractual requirements, you need to have your crew chief and the property manager both sign a copy of the invoice? This signature is to show proof you were there on location at the time you are scheduled to be there and performed the jobs listed [...]

Lawn care business growth tips and things to avoid.

Where do most lawn care businesses get tripped up when it comes to growth? It seems the big answers are, growing too fast and losing money due to non-payments. Here are some great lawn care business lessons from a veteran who has had a lot of ups and downs in his entrepreneurial career thus far. [...]

Are you setting up barriers between you and potential lawn care customers?

Different business policies will bring you different types of experiences with your lawn care customers. Different areas will also have an impact on the way your lawn care business is run as well. Some areas will have wealthier homeowners that are able to pay bills on time, while other areas may present more of a [...]

How to bill your lawn care customers.

There are many ways your lawn care business can bill your customers for work performed. Some ways will work better than others though. Before you choose which billing policy to adopt, see if this billing procedure, shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, might work better than the way you are currently [...]

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 [...]

Taxes and credit card processing fee issues.

The amount of regulations and requirements a new lawn care business owner needs to comply with seems to grow by leaps and bounds each and every year. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s a lot easier to get things right early on than it is to [...]

Newbie lawn care business start up tips.

New start up lawn care business owners normally have many questions to ask. Here are a few questions that were asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

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 [...]

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. [...]

What lawn care billing frequency works best?

There are so many different ways to bill your lawn care customers, the number of choices can make your head spin. What methods works well for some lawn care may not work so well for others. There are many factors to consider when you are creating your billing frequency.

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 [...]

Estimating and invoicing snow plow customers.

Do you have trouble coming up with a way to estimate and invoice your snow plow customers? If you do, you’re not alone. Plenty of new businesses get stuck on this but thankfully I got to talk with a snow plow business owner who shared some great advice on how to estimate and bill your [...]