Well, it seems the more i talk to people, the more i come to find out that they are unsatisfied with the bigger companies in my area (Central IL.). Now this doesnt just apply for landscaping/lawn maintenance, though that has been a major one. I was just talking to my neighbor who had a company pour concrete/blacktop and they said "they would cheat him out" being, "not putting their words into action". I have talked to several of my customers, friends, and family about this and they hate using the bigger companies because either A: They are outrageously priced, B: They cheat people, and or do very poor work, or both A and B. As of right now, i am a solo operator (14 years old) doing around twenty yards per week, and hoping to expand greatly once i get my truck and license (Feb. 09). There are about three good sized landscaping companies around me that i have notice their work. Company A: Does maintenance next to one of my properties, they scalp, rush, and leave a mess in the street. Company B: Same results of company A, no image. They always have no shirt on, and are always wearing unsafe foot wear. Image is everything in my company, jeans/shorts, company t-shirt/hoodie, hat, sunglasses, hearing protection, boots, etc. Company C: Only landscaping installs. They do great work, and i would like to work for them during the summers of my high school career. Every person i talk to, says their outrageously expensive, but do quality work. Now in the future, once i'm out of college, i plan on expanding into more serious landscaping, but i want to stay with one crew, where i am the boss. I have had bad luck with employees, so i plan to stay solo, until i'm out of high school. But the main thing is, is that in the future, ten or so years down the road, i'd love to expand more, if demands meet, but i don't want to have crews out there, doing crappy work, and i want to be able to control everything. I want to be able to the boss of everything, and not have guys out there, making my company look bad. So if this means staying one crew for a while, i'm ready. Question is: Do the bigger companies around you deliver the same results as the one's i'm near?