How to request payment for lawn mowing services

How to request payment for lawn mowing services

Dear Amy:

I mow lawns as a side gig.

Several months ago, my lawn mower stopped working and one of the people I mow lawns for (“Smith Company”) offered to let me use their mower.

I accepted their offer, and told them that as long as I used their mower to mow other people’s lawns, I would not charge them to mow theirs.

A few weeks ago, another customer gave me their old lawnmower (they got a new one).

It was a kind gesture that truly filled my heart with hope.

Since then, I haven’t borrowed a Smith mower.

I told them I have a good mower now.

They asked me to continue using their plants in their garden, and I agreed.

Since then, I have mowed, weeded and cleaned the grass on their property twice.

They thank me and tell me how great it looks…but they don’t pay me.

I’m trying to figure out a tactful way to ask them to pay.

I value them as friends. They’re almost like family.

Can you help me find the words?

– Unpaid

Dear Unpaid:

Judging by my mailbag, asking for money owed to you for services rendered is one of the most uncomfortable situations people encounter. It’s essential for freelancers (like you) to have a clear and confident pay policy.

The Blacksmiths generously allow you to use their lawnmower to mow their lawns and those of other customers. During that time, you did not charge them to mow the lawn.

Now that this period has expired, you must return them according to the payment schedule.

Contact them via email to say, “Thank you again for lending your mower when I needed it! This kind gesture has helped keep my business going, and I’m very grateful for it. However, now that I’ve replaced my mower, I’d like to get you back on the payment schedule. If If you want me to continue using your mower on your property, I’ll be happy to offer you a 20 percent discount (or whatever discount you decide). With the discount, your property fee will be XX per mowing and weed cleanup. If you don’t want me to use your mower, I’ll use mine. If If so, the fee goes back to XX. Please let me know your preference, and we will schedule the next cut. Best regards and many thanks… “

The more transparent and professional you act in this area of ​​your business, the better it will be for you and your clients.

If so, I expect that your business, like the crabgrass in my garden, will continue to grow.


Dear Amy:

I was on an Alaska cruise in September. On September 11, the ship made an announcement around noon that we would have a moment of silence to commemorate September 11.

I was in the dining area.

Within a few seconds, there was complete silence among the hundreds of people there, many of whom were probably not Americans.

At the table next to me there was a family (who did not speak English) and they continued to talk among themselves.

I felt like walking around with a picture of the World Trade Center on my phone to explain what was going on without speaking.

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