How soon do you expect payment.

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  1. palaceray

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    Just wondering how soon do you expect to be paid after you have completed a job.

    I am a self employed roofer, I DO sub contract work for various companies and they generally pay every 2 weeks which is fine. When I work for homeowners the time until they pay varies and I wonder what others feel is reasonable.

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    I send a duplicate account after about ten working days, there is always the possibility that the original has got lost or mislaid, and the customer is unaware
    If there is still no reply a further account after another ten working days giving a time limit.
    After that its either a telephone call or a visit, if there is still no reply , start worrying !
     
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    I expect payment immediately after the job is complete and the customer is satisfied. There is no reason not to be paid once the above criteria has been fulfilled.
     
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    The majority of my domestic customers (small jobs) pay me in cash when the job is finished.

    When I do work for companies my terms and conditions are payment within seven calendar days of receipt of invoice.

    Big jobs (lasting more than seven days) weekly pay on receipt of invoice/time sheet.

    I won't work for companies who pay 30 days after receipt of invoice. One company who wanted work done only paid 30 days after the last day of the month in which invoice was received, so could have kept me waiting for 60 days.
     
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    Do you pay up front for all materials used, or do you have an account.
     
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    I wouldn't use your services on that basis.

    I always pay within a couple of days of invoicing, but I want to check the work is OK without someone standing over me waiting for money. If I pay before they leave and a problem shows up, what recourse do I realistically have?!
     
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    I did not say before I leave the premises, rather once the customer is satisfied.
     
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    A bit of both depending upon where I shop. How does the way I pay my bills make a difference to a job being complete and the customer being satisfied?
     
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    So you are quite happy making your supplier wait for their money by having materials on account,
    but you expect a customer to pay up front for everything straight away,
     
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    My supplier does not expect payment until the end of the month. I actually tried paying them after each job but they informed me it was less confusing to settle at the end of the month, which I do.

    There is another thirty days' credit after this period which I have never had the need to use. Ho hum.

    As for making me happy - no it does not.

    I don't think in all my years in business have I made a customer pay up front. Where and why did you arrive at this conclusion? :confused:
     
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    I thought you said you expect the customer to PAY IMMEDIATELY after you have completed the job, ?

    Sorry if I misunderstood you, how long DO you wait before you expect to get paid ?
     
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    To me, up front means before work starts.
     
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    Yeah, me too?? :confused:

    Can you not read English or are you drunk?

    I expect to be paid once the job is complete and the customer is satisfied. How is this being paid 'up front'?

    I don't expect to wait once the customer is satisfied. Why should I? Are there any other criteria I must fulfill?
     
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    Payment on completion of work.

    Andy
     
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    Payment on satisfactory completion, they often have payment in their hand while I'm loading the van.
     
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