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What's the longest you've waited for payment? #4392248
03/22/14 12:53 PM
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Thanks Wink,

New topic, without going to collections or court, how long has someone dragged out paying you for work you performed in this industry?

I've been in business just 3 years now in March, so don't have much to reflect on, but did have one who took me 8 mos. to retrieve, she had a home in Taos and was from California and that tried my patience but I stayed cordial and respectful and eventually managed to get her to come clean.

Justin

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392281
03/22/14 01:20 PM
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Out of state property owners be them private or corporations can be the worst! With landlords in the same city being next. Credit card on file for inspection and all other charges including repairs is SOP for us on out of state property owners/landlords. Cuts down of the frustration factor and if they are not willing or able to provide card we pass on job.

Our longest wait so far in the beach water park (corporate account)over 2 years now as they filed bankruptcy.

Corporate accounts usually are our longest with net 30, 45, 60 or 90 day term. Some tips on corporate accounts. First ask contact person if they have corporate credit card as many are authorized a pretty good spending limit. If contact person is not able to provide payment submit all pertinent information such as proof of insurance (liability, commercial vehicle, workers comp etc.) W9 and anything else. Nothing worse than waiting 90 days for payment to only get a letter informing you that they need paper work to process payment which results in another 90 day wait.

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392294
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Great info Charles! Thanks for sharing!

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392307
03/22/14 01:38 PM
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16 months was my longest.

But in her defense she did pay every month, it was just always in very small amounts. But in the end she paid in full plus all interest so while I hated the experience I really didn't lose out.

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392325
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We do payment plans for folks either on fixed income or those with a fairly high exclusion for birds or bats. Have had some lag months and months but they all have kept paying and appreciated being able to do so. Good topic of its own, payment plans and how they've worked or not for you...

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392509
03/22/14 03:37 PM
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Had a large college account that would pay at 29 days and 23 hours on a 30-day net program. In almost every other case, we didn't collect a dime from customer if they were more than about three weeks overdue. Some people either don't care about their credit rating or realize that it's more trouble than it's worth for us to collect $500.


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Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392530
03/22/14 03:51 PM
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My favorite is the guy that paid for the service call and for the squirrel and then moved out of state and decided he wasn't going to pay for the closure, so we turned him over to collection. Now after seven years, your slate is wiped clean and you don't have to worry anymore. Well this guy must have needed a loan and paying us for a lousy closure must have got his record clean, because we got an out-of-state check from him over six years later!

I've mentioned this before, but for you new guys, I will repeat it. I removed some squirrels and the customer was a small business owner like most of us. He paid for everything except the $35 for the closure. He went bonkers and I'm here to tell you that my closure on that place was a work of art! So, the next time I was in his area I took down my beautiful closure and we no longer sent him a bill. So guess what happened? A raccoon found the hole and that customer ended up paying us more than 10 times the cost of the closure.

I also had a customer ( I will not mention his religion, nationality, or color ) that screwed the government out of a couple of million dollars. Again, we got paid for everything but the closure. This closure happened to be at the center of the house. Again, removing this man's closure was more fun than collecting the $35 bucks. By the time he got out of jail, I'll bet I depreciated his house by ten grand. Let's hear it for me!

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392531
03/22/14 03:51 PM
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8 months from the tribe, basically waiting for my federal tax dollars to come back. I'm still 100% paid, if I work for YOU are going to pay. Ve have our vayyz!

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392599
03/22/14 04:36 PM
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Salys, did I see you on a guest appearance of "Grimm"?

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392674
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Grimm??? What's that? NO but I did have a small part in the "Great Escape".

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392801
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5 minutes. Payment due at time of service. Initial payment after set up, per animal payment when animal is picked up.

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4392890
03/22/14 08:15 PM
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5 months on a corporate job


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Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4393671
03/23/14 09:50 AM
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Payment plans typically equal trouble. IMO

Leave that to the banks, if they wont loan to them, why should you?

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4393779
03/23/14 10:43 AM
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Bingo!

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4393864
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I've actually not had an issue with anyone I allowed to pay in monthly payments. The only folks who have made me wait or I've been delayed owed the money immediately (within 30 days or less).

We use the payment split for folks where lets say the job is $1,500.00 for example, we allow them to pay 3 equal payments of $500.00 per month for 3 consecutive months. Each month they get an invoice in their email from us on a set date, never had an issue yet with those folks and we've done a fair amount of them compared to our normal business.

Though as I say this, I will say that I know that anyone including myself can be burned by a client. I do however try to get to know each and every client and until I have employees someday many years from now, I always meet, visit with and know the clients on a level beyond just their problem. It isn't in my nature to do otherwise, so when folks aren't paying my company back, they know they aren't paying my wife and I, not just a company.

Again, I'm sure it will happen in the future, but other than the out of state lady that taught me not to bill after for folks beyond the area, I'm happy with the other clients and how they pay.

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4401931
03/27/14 08:45 PM
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Did a bunch of exclusion for a woman who was home at the time, wouldn't answer the door, banged around her roof for close to two hours doing the work only to have her tell me she "didn't sign a contract. That was an estimate." (WRONG!!)
Lawyer told me that if I pulled off the work, she could sue me for damage to her house. What do you think?


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Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4402079
03/27/14 09:46 PM
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Dave I am not a lawyer but I have repossessed my my material in the past when it was not paid for. I heard about a guy that did the same with a front door on cold winter night as well LOL


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Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: 1st RiverRat] #4402115
03/27/14 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted By: 1st RiverRat
Dave I am not a lawyer but I have repossessed my my material in the past when it was not paid for. I heard about a guy that did the same with a front door on cold winter night as well LOL

Would have definitely paid to see that!


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Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4402117
03/27/14 10:01 PM
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We have builders doing that all the time. I'm pretty good at myself. I haven't heard of anybody being taken to court.

Re: What's the longest you've waited for payment? [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4402124
03/27/14 10:05 PM
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They said she called the cops the officer chuckled and said I think you should have paid your bill. A lawyer can sue you for anything chances are if they dont have the money to pay your bill they dont have the money to hire a lawyer.

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