Well. Quick background on the client. I use to work for him in High School, I ran his farm. He contacted me awhile back to do a leaf clean-up at one of his houses. Our first meeting he told me "Just do it, and bill me when your done." and that's exactly what I did. It was a simple "blow and go" basically. All I had to do was blow the leaves to the street and the village would come and pick them up. It was a rather large lot, around 2-3 acres. I had 14 hours out there myself with my leaf blower, and I had a second guy the second day with 6 hours himself. So, 20 hours of labor? Sounds right to me. Well, when it came time to bill him - I couldn't get a hold of him. I left messages, and never heard back from him. So I did some digging and found his property management office. I figured since he is a "friend" I'd only bill him for my 14 hours I worked, and not me seconds mans 6 hours. Now, I contacted 3 other landscape operations in the area to get a backpack blower rate, and from the general census, the rates were around ~$45 an hour. So, I billed him 14 hours @ $35 an hour (being nice).. A week goes by, no call/check. Finally I get a hold of him to hear the following.... "I got your bill, and one of the following 2 things is going to happen. Either I pay you your $490 and I'll NEVER do business it you again, or you reconsider your invoice and we can continue to do business. No one gets $35 an hour to just run a backpack blower, that's absolutely outrageous." I explained to him that I did contact other operations to get the price, and it's actually under the going rate, and everything. I also explained to him that I am out there as a business - I am out there not for a hobby, but for a career. He basically pissed me off and told me I'm ******* crazy. The shitty part of it all is either I cut my price, to keep more business (he owns 220 houses or so in my area) or I take my full pay and cut him as a client. I'm afraid if I cut my rates for him this once, then every time after he will want the same. And he will have the upper hand on me. What would you do? Was my hourly rate too high? I just need some advice from the older guys on here. Thanks for reading.