ok, so this is my 5th year. Every year i lose some, but seem to get better ones to replace them. I bust my a@@ every day and i do a decent job. I know my lawn facts and i show up every day and my prices are fair. They arent the lowest, but not way up there either. So this guy starts up last year. He just got layed off from his job and so i feel for him and send him some regular account bids. Nothing big, some residentials that are kinda out of my route area. Well, the first year he lands an 8000 and a 10000 dollar a year jobs. He gets 5-10 calls a day. The thing that really gets me is that he is getting calls on some wonderful big commercial accounts. We are "friends" in business and he is really grateful for all my help getting him started. I am getting rather discouraged though that i dont get near as many calls and i aint getting even 1/20 of the chances that he is getting for commercial bids. We do the exact same advertising and everything. What really steamed me is that i bid a job last week that was semi-commercial. I bid it for 7450 a year and did an awesome presentation for the board members for the contract. I see the guy i helped out and he was all happy and stuff and so i asked why. he said ' oh, i just got this really sweet contract for 7200 a year". Need i say which contract he got? He did not know i was bidding or anything so he aint stealin business for sure. he really is a great guy. I guess i am just really getting discouraged at all the great contracts he is getting and here i am the "veteran" of the business and not doing near the revenue. I guess this aint really a question post, just more of a gripe kinda post. If yall are bored and lookin to type, then i am up for ideas or comments. I can honestly say this has rather gotten to me and gotten me down about my job lately.