How do I get them to pay?
OK so now the economy has hit me- my clients just arent paying as fast as they normally would (some just not at all)
Work on the vehicles in question has stopped but I NEED the cash to keep the shop open.I have rent to pay (which luckily has been financed through other avenues for a few months) and hard working staff to pay salaries.
Im scared that a few clients are going to be ther downfall of my business and Ive worked too hard to get it to this point.
Since these are ongoing projects- how the heck can I get them to pay up?
Yes I have their cars but I dont have the space to become a bone yard until people saunter in to pay me.
Is there anything legally I can do since I still have the cars and they havent completed the jobs?
Asking for storage fees wouldnt work- they arent paying now- whats to say they will pay if I add on my $25 a day charge?
I send invoices, make calls , sometimes even get to speak with them and hear their sob stories about what broken in their house , daily driver who is sick ,bla bla bla- well Im not able to put food on my table because of THEM.
What do your shops do for people who get invoiced for some services before the job is complete and then they become delinquent? Would a collection agency work? An attorney letter? I know some of them are just clueless the urgency of having to pay a bill on time… (yes really)
Newer clients now have a credit card on file and are told if they are more than 15 days in arrears it will get charged. These clients arent part of the new process.