I am a first year solo operator who mowed/trimmed etc. my first and only commercial account, a local business who for the last three months, on a handshake/no contract deal paid me $500 dollars plus tax for weekly work that took me between 6-7 hours to finish. Last week in the middle of the job my friend and contact person at this business told me he had bad news. I was to stop right now, pack up because the big boss found someone to do the job for $500 a month! Just last week another boss was praising me for my work and my dependability so I know it was not about a job done poorly. So my dilemma is: do I final bill them for half ($250) that I finished that day or do I bill the $500 I was verbally contracted to do since I had no other work planned? Also, would you politely confront the big boss decision maker and get him to tell you eye to eye why he made this new agreement? (which of course was less money) I'm frustrated because this is two grand out of the family budget without warning or notice.