I give a bid on a lawn monday. Lady says her old lawn company wasnt showing up and was billing her any way, and their phone was disconected. Says she travels alot and needs it taken care of plus some landscaping. The grass is about 8inchs tall, so I give here a bid on the first cut on landscaping work and the cutting it weekly. She says fine. So I cut it tuesday morning, and come back today to trim bushes, clean out some ivy and pull weeds. After we pull up another lco pulls up and starts working on the house next door. After awile I go over and start chatting with him. He in time tells me good luck collecting from her, she didnt pay a bill last year till december and he billed her in july, and he dropped her. I dont know either person, so I dont know who is telling the truth. My gut tells me the lco, but I want to believe its the lady. Im putting the bill in her door for the first cut and yard work either thursday or friday, she wants it billed seperate from her monthly bill- its a big bill. She is right by two of my accounts and has a really easy lawn. If she pays on time it will work out very nice. I know I should have contracts, but I have always worked on a hand shake, and have never been stiffed, but once for $30 bucks. I am really thinking about going to contracts, but Im trying to figure out how to put new ones on, and keep old customers off as I know I will have no problems with them.