I have a lady that has called me to her house to give her quotes on multiple jobs so far. First job was to build her a pergola and a small privacy fence. She wanted the fence done first so i gave her a price and she signed the contract but asked me to hold off until she had money from tax return. Before i had the pergola proposal done she says her buyfriend moved out and now she doesn't have money to do the fence or pergola but she does need me to give her a quote to build her a raised garden and do some grading around a new patio she had done last fall. She never had any grading done back then because the ground froze so the ground is all big clumps that will have to be broken up and rough graded and then covered with screened topsoil which she said she would provide so she wouldn't have to pay for my mark-up. Then i get an e-mail saying that she remembers me talking about having a machine that i could use to do the grading to save time and make the job easier. She asked me to give her a price and i told her i charge 500 per day or i can do 300 for half a day. She then responds that the price should only be about 150 or 225 because 300 comes out to 75 an hr and it shouldn't take 4 hrs. I respond by saying your right i won't be their for 4 hrs but i am looking at an hour and a half of roundtrip travel time plus fuel cost for both the truck and trailer. The machine i have is a yanmar cbl 40. The machine and trailer combined are jst about 10 thousand pounds so i will probably spend about 30-40 dollars just in diesel fuel between the truck and tractor. After my lengthy e-mail to her she responds back that she understands but 300 is still a lot of money and she will have to get back to me. I don't know what people expect these days. They want you to drive 45 minutes to their house towing an 8 thousand pound 40 thousand dollar piece of equipment spend time to unload the equipment, complete the job, spend more time to reload equipment, drive 45 minutes back home and then spend more time to unload equipment again and only make 150-225.If i did it for 225 and then took out money for taxes, fuel and wear and tear on tractor i might make 175. I thought 300 was fair considering the travel involved and the price of diesel fuel right now. Does she sound like a PITA and i should just walk away now or is my price to high? Sorry for the long post, i just needed to vent rather than go off on a potential customer. Thanks in advance for your opinions.