I finally got the chance to meet with the property owner of a small business after 2 months of being persistant to discuss weekly mowing. I already knew that I would bid this property at $70.00 per cut. I asked him what he was looking for, the cheapest price or quality service? He told me he was looking to stay at the same price that he was paying his service last year. I was frustrated to say the least when he showed me his contract from last year for $45.00 per cut. The same company bid the same amount again this year. The owner also showed me 3 other proposals that were $60, $70, and $70. I will be submitting my bid, as a professional because I have work close by but I am sure he is going with the cheapest, same company as before. I run a 2 man crew with two 60 inch ztrs, a 48 inch stander, and push mowers on trailer. I am not new to this business. It amazes me how these guys think they can make money. I can not blame a property owner for trying to get a fair, competitive rate for good service. My frustration and anger is towards the guys who are ruining this industry by offering services at non-competitive rates. When I see 3 proposals ranging from $60-70 from expierienced, insured, and professional companies I ask the $45 company " Are you proud to be a lowballer or just not educated enough to be in this industry "? It feels good to vent and let it out!