It's called subcontracting. Someone who knows nothing about lawn care will get a contract with a major regional or national retail or office group for all their grounds maintenance. Then he looks for operators to sub the work to, planning on paying them 30% to 60% of what he is getting for the work. And he will drag out the payments - you might wait 4-6 months to be paid. And sometimes they disappear before you get paid, LOL.