well, just as i suspected, it was dumb to teach others how to do things. about a year ago, i ran into a guy that just does tree work. we started chatting, he said alot of his customers ask about landscaping, but he just doesnt have the knowledge. i gave him a card, told him if he liked, he could refer them to us. well, he calls and asks if id be willing to do the jobs "with him", my knowledge, his labor, for a resonable split. i said ok. i did everything from speaking with clients, planning /designing jobs, and i have the connections to get the materials wholesale. well, it went good, he got alot of work, we made alot of money. then, the bottom fell out. i was doing the estimates, and designing, and they were still his contacts. the estimates started turning into no sales. well, guess what, he was getting me to design and plan, then telling me the sale didnt happen, but he was really doing the jobs himself(and they looked like ****) . anyway, i stopped by one of the clients to follow up, and found that this guy gave them "our" estimate, then told the client he would come down several hundred dollars. this guy has a very simple lifestyle, no house, and is willing to do the work for what he considers " a good days pay" . much lower than what i could work for. so, u see, i created my own competion by educating this guy, showing him where to buy materials at less than half what others could get them at, and so on. lesson to be learned: dont educate the competition!