What the heck is up with the economy? I've always said I was immune to recessions and economic downturns. Since 1996, my company has always grown by 25% or more every single year, regardless of economic downturns or recessions. So I haven't ever really worried about it. And so far, I don't see that business is really off this year. Even despite that fact that I raised prices for landscape construction and irrigation installs, we keep landing jobs. But now I am starting to wonder.... As far as I can tell, business is still good. But you wouldn't know it by talking to people, though. Today, one of my new managers approached me wondering if his job was secure. I was like, "Of course, why are you asking?" He was all worked up about the economy and thinking people might not need landscapers this year and so forth. Then I was giving my third bid this afternoon and the lady mentioned that she was interested in doing her landscaping project but now she's starting to have second thoughts because of the economy. I think we'll get that job anyway. But she was definitely having second thoughts. Then, one of my customers who owns a big wholesale car company (BIG!) says his business is down 50% so far this year from this time in 2007. He is good with his money. So it hasn't hurt him personally. In fact, he said, it helped because he had some extra money to invest and was able to buy some real estate for much cheaper than he would have a year or two ago. But his business was definitely experiencing a major downturn. Finally, we finished a big clean-up and enhancement job today for a long-time client of mine who is - well, used to be - a mortgage brokerage manager. His firm went totally under late last year and he's apparently out of work and selling his house because of it. He had enough money to hire us to spiffy up his place. But I don't think he'll be adding a water feature this year..... I just never had so many people approach me in one day about their concerns about the economy. Who's out there making everyone freak out so much? I am just out there every day kicking ass and takin' names. Maybe I've been too busy to watch the news lately. But it kinda seems like like a lot of hysteria to me. I haven't seen a drop in sales yet. But we'll see. Is this Chicken Little or is the sky actually falling?