@ scott. If your stocking shelves and the electricity goes out, you keep stocking. Your there and work is being done. I dont know if your talking about commercial or residental but, I really dont see how you can get away with charging somebody for work that hasnt been done. Yes, they pay you to provide service to them and in exchange no service has been done.
If someone said "I'll be here this week to pressure wash your deck" not show up until the next week and bill me twice. "I'll charge $80 an hour to do dozier work", First day it rains before lunch time and has to finish the next day but, get charged for 2 whole days of work. Anybody in there right mind would say no way and might as well not expect them to reccommend you to anybody. Any other business dont do this, why lawn care?
I dont know were your from but, in ky you'd be without work quick! People work hard for there money and there not going to give it away, they'll find someone else.
Thanks for the input guys but, I think I'll stick to the old fashion way. Let the wife worry with the financial part