well a new fad i see in my area are pre-established business' starting lawn care and landscaping compaines. at one time it was just carpenters, or handy-man guys, now its doctors, financial places, horse trainers, and public accountants. most of these owners aren't even doing the work! mostly kids, and other family members. i guess they all have money to burn.....when i started i didn't even have a mower, i got a few customers, and then a lawn tractor, and i was off. these people for the most part are starting out with multiple work trucks, tons of brand new equipment, retail locations, and multiple employees. and if you think about it they have a good customer base already established through the "other means". i know they may not be making enough money to cover the cost of equipment at first, but they have "other means" to back it up. i have no doubts in my customer loyality, but i have already found out one customer won't give me a chance to bid her landscaping work because her "friend" started a landscaping business. the middle of last year her house was like a jungle, and her "friend" was going to spray and pull weeds every week, but she won't fire them, because they're friends.... i'm proud of what i created the long hard way, but its a hard pill to swallow when you realize the short cut they took. anyone else see this happening??