Well i am a part timer, and i have been hitting up my customers from last year. Finally got a call back from the last one today and they told me they are going to use someone else. Now, not because i did a poor job, but because they have a pool. I am a solo guy and they said the other guy has a crew. They want someone to be able to stand there blowing while the guy edges around the pool so that none of the grass gets into the pool. They dont want to have to clean any clippings from the pool. They asked me about it when i started it last year and i told them i would do my best. On non-windy days it was a non-issue. I used my stick edger around the pool area to minimize stuff flying everywhere. On windy days i was challenged. I edged that area last so i could get the blower to it quickly. I even tried having the backpak on and the edger in hand and doing both at once....well that didnt work too well. So i am kinda bummed that i lost a customer. Everyone else has continued on and when i told them i had to increase my prices slightly....not one problem (very small increase to cover these dang gas prices). BUT....and there is always one right. I stopped by one of the other homes in the neighborhood and did a cold call and wham....got another that pays more. I now have 8 in this one neighborhood....gotta figure out a way to get them all there. I keep about 20 total as i only do this part time.