Picked up a new client today. Her daughter called me because I had done landscape work for her. After I bid and got the yard, she told me that the other guy was grossly overcharging. I bid $35.00 and its under 10000 sg ft. My predecessor charged $65.00. I didn't lowball because $35.00 is the going rate for this size and type of yard. I went to mow it and the lady, whom I never met because the daughter hired me, came out and started telling me of all the projects she wants done. I have a summers laundry list of things to do on this property. And get this. The Mother and the daughter told me to do it at my leisure and to charge what I feel is fair. Just whatever I do in that month just bill that month and it will be paid. I offered estimates but the daughter says she pretty much knows how I price and any price I set will be considered fair. Never had any problem with the daughter paying but, I guess I'm a little nervous because of the blank check policy they presented me with. Contracts for residential is a bit taboo around here as most Iowans would rather agree on a handshake. If he overcharged for the mowing, maybe he was overcharging for other services. I think, though, that all he did was mow.