I work solo. Being in my first year of this biz, I sometimes take on accounts that have some risk involved. This one is a perfect example. A 12,000 sq ft lawn that I have no problem maintaining. Turf is my bread and butter. This client is picky and he is pleased with that aspect of it. This particular client requires that his service also take care of weeds in the non-turf areas as well as shrub trimming. He has a very large ornamental area and controlling the weeds has been an ongoing problem. I spray when possible, but sometimes hand pulling is the only resort. Bottom line is no matter how hard I work, the weed problem is never really resolved. Also, he is now saying that my shrub trimming is not meeting his requirements in terms of exact shape and size. Does this sound a bit excessive to you? He wants all of this done for a flat rate, which is my big problem. Most of us would prefer to give him flat rate for the turf, but weed stuff should be by the hour. That makes sense since weed work is very hard to predict. I gave him a flat rate for all of this and now I'm losing my rear because of the level of detail he wants. I underestimated the time required to deal with the non-turf work. Has anyone ever tried subbing out weed work like this? Obviously it is not my cup of tea. If I cannot find a way to sub that out at a reasonble cost, I may have to just drop him. What I've learned from this is that my bids will no longer touch anything beyond the perimeter of the turf. Working solo, my time is really too expensive to be competitive for that.