Need some quick opinions. I did a major clean-up on a current customer of mine at his residence. They own a day-care and I received that contract about a month ago. He wants to do a contract on his yard but it needed a clean-up first. Also plans to get a company to do a sprinkler sys. and re-sod his yard. This guy has a jungle of shrubs around his house and beds throughout his yard. I have gotten burned too many times on clean-ups when I charged by the job, so now I charge by the hour. I told him it would be $250 for 4 hrs for me and my worker or $500 for 8 hrs. He agreed to it. We started trimming and it took 14 hrs with two guys and we still didn't finish. This is why I don't charge by the job anymore-I would have guessed a day at the house and I think he was guessing less time. You have to understand that when I work, I work wide open and on the second day, I was under the gun so I worked even harder. In actuality, I probably lose money by the hr. because I work so hard and fast. His yard was like a jungle and I did a crap load of trimming and wheeling away debri. I pay my worker $10/hr. and buy his lunch and drinks and pick him up at his house + I carry insurance on him. All-in-all, I charged $875 and was planning to go over and finish up and include that in my price. We probably have 2-3 hrs. left of work. He thought it was highway robbery and said he "almost fell out of his chair." He stated that he can't afford those prices and now is looking to bid out his yard instead of automatically giving it to me. In his yard contract, he wants to mow with a 21" pushmower, keep weeds and leaves out of his beds and wants it to be a "show-place". He has a ton of trees so you can imagine what it will be like in the fall with the leaves in the beds. I was planning to charge $400/month(probably 1/2-3/4 acre) and think that that is probably too cheap considering what he wants done. I really stay on top of shrubs also. He also has a drive about 1/4 mile long that he mows beside and blows the drive-a lot of work! Any suggestions?