Been in the lawn mowing game a couple of years now on the Gold Coast and so far only had 2 non paying customers, the ones that promise to leave you the money on the back yard table then say "oh sorry I forgot but I will direct deposit the payment tomorrow, then one excuse after another, lucky they were small amount like $45 and $30, anyone else come across these parasites.
Yeah i have a customer who is a builder and i advised my terms and he was very understanding 2 weeks later still not paid and the excuse was "oh sorry i have been unwell" went and did a second job for him 3 weeks now and still not paid for first job but then he pays for second job and when i query says "oh i thought the bill was for both jobs " eye roll sure we would sweat for four hours mowing and hedging in the rain for $100 . surprising cos i thought tradies understood .....still waiting to be paid
The sad truth is that recovering small debts is uneconomic - if you harass or shame them in any way (even down to calling them outside the legal hours of 7.30am-9pm) - you're in the poo - and lodging a claim in QLDs QCAT costs $55 and if you factor in your time writing letters of demand and following through on a small claim you're way behind - best to just move on and claim it off your tax.
Thankfully only a very small fraction of the public seem to know this and/or have the hide to take advantage of it - for me at least I've had one bad debt of $50 in nearly 3 years now - touch wood!
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