T S S couldn't agree with you more buddy.
I don't enjoy dealing with homeowners for the most part, every now and again we get a homeowner that is great to deal with.
Build a reputation, we've gotten calls this fall for boulder wall work from large developers saying they have had multiple people recommend you guys to us, we have heard about your guys work and it speaks for itself, we give them our price and that was that.
It's a great feeling to take pride in your work and have others notice it.
Last fall some of the "higher ups" from a nation-wide builder we do work for were visiting a site where I have installed 60,000 square feet and counting of boulder retaining walls and he told the site supervisor that they usually hate retaining walls but they were some of the most beautiful he had seen.
Truly a great feeling.