I'm almost ready to quit. Charged some guy $25 an hour to edge and weed his beds and he nearly had a heart attack. When I started the job I cut new flower bed then got diverted to other "projects" he had in mind. I charged less for these due to my inexperience with those particular things. (my gas/time/ and hauling were involved though) It's 2003 and the guy played me like an idiot. My work always draws compliments. I'm honest and only bill for actual work time. I've worked for plenty of outfits over the years and I know how they bill, not to mention the turnover on workers that doesn't guarantee a quality job. With me, what you see is what you get. I don't send a crew of inexperienced workers who'll take unauthorized breaks ... And I've personally witnessed that countless times. If I have someone with me I can always find easier thing to keep them busy and let them clean-up after me I take pride in my work and do it to please myself as much as my client. It's not all about money, I do love to make 'em smile but I simply can't afford to be paid on the "friend-price" average. This job was far from complete in my opinion but when the guy offered $400 for a bill of $560 I was in a state of shock. Hmm, I pay the same for gas as him, same for a haircut, meals, vacations---the list goes on and on. Granted, I had worked for him for less in years past but this year no one was getting a break because I like them... I've been storing cash back, buying new equipment and hoping to finance a ZTR rider/stand-up unit. Sorry, had to whine. How do you deal with folks who wish to barter? Try to explain/justify your situation or just blow 'em off?