My partner relies on this site for info and machine recommendations etc. He and I have had a discussion and are looking for unbiased opinions. This is the FIRST time I have ever posted in a forum so please be patient. My partner (Liquidfat) and I were offered a contract for 13 commercial properties. The payment for these are $3500 per month for all 13. Some properties will literally take 5 minutes to complete (lawn cutting....2000 ft of cement to every 1 ft of grass), some 15 and all are within 10 minutes drive time. All properties can be finished in 1 day. So my partner was told we have them 100% starting this winter and not to take on any new accounts due to snow removal being 100 times more demanding than lawncare. Long story short, the contracts fell thru (sort of). The owner of the properties father sees us and assumes we were too young to perform the winter portion. He assumed we were 23-25 and are actually 25 (me) and Liquid 33. The owners son (the one in charge) brings us into the office, explains the situation and stresses the fact that due to municipality regulations etc. he wants last years guys to finish this last year and after we get to know the properties thru spring/summer, we take over the winter contract as well. Sitting in the owners office, he cuts Liquid a check for $1000.00 for the "problem" and signs a 2 year agreement from april 15/07 to april 15/09 and increase the $3500 monthly fee to $3750. He really likes the work we do. Liquid takes the check and agrees!!??????????? My side: We gave away 85% of our customers to accomodate HIS properties. We could have lost our shirt if we didnt (as liquid says "Put all our eggs in one basket"). I say to give the check back and have him pound sand. My side (Liquid): He showed he was serious by giving us the check and increasing the monthly fee. He also gave the monthly fee dated Feb 15, not April 15! These properties are a joke to do...smaller than postage stamps but the one fee is year round + salt in the winter. He also gave us a $350 month budget to buy whatever is needed without his approval over and above the $3750. I say keep the props and deal with it. Today, we signed on 3 new accounts that are 2 minutes from home totalling $1500 per month....not the winfall we expected but with the other properties and now these 3 new ones, we are back to profiting. Bottom line.....KEEP OR DROP EM???