I split with my partner in Nov. 07. We went our separate ways. All of our contracts expired in April 08. I bid one of the commercial accounts at $1125 per month ... he bid it at $425 per month. I was always the one who wanted nothing to do with residential (bad experiences) however, I guess he felt I would go after the homes so he gave them all a flyer stating 15% off ANYONES advertised price I service commercial properties and 2 houses. He services 2 commerical properties and 20 houses. He runs a home depot combination kit (came with a zero turn, push mower and trimmer for $3200.00) and I run commercial equipment. Now that I think about it, maybe that is why he is able to offer his services for such little money. We split due to him thinking we should be making more money. Now he is working for less than we made as partners..........does this make sense? With the soaring prices in gas and the ever shrinking budgets of home owners, is it worth it to work for free? I only service residential properties if they are willing to pay my high rates which is why I only have 2. Doing the math and given the numbers he works for.... 10 houses at $25 per cut = $250 day Gas minimum $30 day Insurance, wear and tear $20 day Employee $110 day His employee makes more a day than he does .. He is a nice guy and its a shame. Thanks for allowing me to vent. After receiving no less than 3 calls this week alone (and its only Wednesday) that he has bid as much as HALF of my bid to the same properties we serviced makes me wonder.