So I'm gettin' ready to quit the pp business to focus more on my lawn service business. When I began doing lawn serivce 4 years ago, it was tough and getting new clients was difficult especially since economy had hit rock bottom and people were more worried about saving their home than mowing their lawns.
I received a call from a national one day for grass cuts and the volume they started me with was overwhelming but I was making decent dollars and it was paying the bills and then some. Unfortunately due to this I lost focus on my primary business which was residential lawn service. I admit I was so busy the quality of work with my residential lawns was deteriorating and I lost a few clients because of it. Looking back I realized it was a mistake to put a national or regional before my residential clients.
Last year I decided to start advertising heavily again for residential lawns and new clients quickly came in. This time, I was more focused on them then the nationals. Its come to the point where I can quit working for nationals and still be OK. Still pay the bills, still be able to afford a few luxuries and the occasional
But before I quit, I decided to go through thousands, yes, thousands of work orders. Unfortunately due to being a one man team most of the time, and my wife having her own career, I never went through past invoices to see if they were all being paid. I'd keep an eye on bigger orders but smaller ones like trip fees and routine services are harder to notice if they're missing. Obviously you cant just assume they will pay you for everything you do, its not their priority to get you paid. So after almost 2 weeks of going through emails and records, I found several thousand dollars owed to me. Some goin back to 2010. Many are small trip fees or grass cuts and a few are $300+ jobs. I'm getting ready to fight for this money owed and I'm going to see what they say when I ask for interest on these late payments. After all, they deduct pay for even a day late, why can't we also have our terms when it comes to late payments.
In conclusion, if you haven't already looked through paid vs unpaid invoices I suggest you do so. Also, if there is any software that might help do this I'd like to know about it. Looking forward to hearing your responses.