I had a few nice sized leaf removal jobs scheduled for this week and next weekend. Both have canceled, The cancellation I got yesterday was from a single lady who has no time to do it herself and she is a millionaire, Iv'e know this lady for 20 years. She called yesterday and told me that 2 kids from the neighborhood were doing 3 houses in a row and she will keep my card for future reference.WTF! I loose a major clean up to a couple of little Johnny's? The other guy I knew was going to be a waste of time. I had a feeling he would cancel, he ok'd us to mow this year but at the last minute he canceled that. But we were to do a quick mow and bag the leaves (there weren't that many) and blow out 2 small flower beds. He signed a contract for a whole amount of no more than $75.00 he called and said the wind blew all the leaves away, I drove by and there were just as many if not more leaves yesterday. I can't believe how little people are willing to pay anymore for tough manual labor. I started pre qualifying cutomers on the phone, when they call I state that we are strictly by the hour when it comes to leaves but I can come out for a rough etimate. I then ask if they are willing to spend 300-400 dollars if it gets to be that high and they all about have a heart attack on the phone. I don't get it what am I doing wrong? I see other companies loaded full of leaves in thier leaf trucks and mine stays empty. Any thoughts?