How ya doing everyone? Im new to these forums, just a couple of months. Ive been in business for almost 6 years, worked for others the 6 years prior. Everyone has been great and professional. But Ive viewed some thread and posts, that make me scratch my head. The view of some companies in this great field we work in is take what you can, when you can, from who you can. Ive heard of disputes over other companies charging slightly less(ON PURPOSE OR NOT!!), big companies threatening the smaller ones, bricks through windows, etc.etc Let me say that it is my opinion that when your running your business, you should have some goals not limits, but goals. If you have realistic goals, youll live a happy life. If youre a greedy S.O.B., this post is targeted at you. First, being undercut. If youve ever been undercut, it doesnt mean it was done on purpose. I once gave an estimate for maintenance, that wound up $5.50 less per cut and the guy had some words. I didnt know what was being charged previously, and I gave up asking the customer my first season. Not only does it look unprofessional, but they lie all the time ..He used to charge me $16.00, can you atleast match that? If youve been undercut (I have also), its usually not personal, and the guy has a different price scale that might be lower then yours or mine. If you give quality service, people will pay your price, and not even have the thought to get another quote. Also, you dont know the guys situation, he may not know any better. Or, he may know more then me & you and hes got a system that lets him live like a king. A lot of companies are making money hand over fist, Ive seen your rigs and pics of your houses, theyre beautiful. When does making a living cross the line to becoming greedy, taking work from guys who might be struggling. How dare that guy with that $70,000 truck set up, whos got accounts in 3 states get the nerve to keep pushing out ward. Like I said, it depends on your goals. I want to support my family, with a house and health, and be there to spend the time with my 9month old daughter, PERIOD! Im lucky enough to have companies where I live who have hit there desired goals, and actually give me house they cant get to. Ive actually had people call me for estimates who were referred to me by some companies I dont even know, til I thank them when I see them driving. Point is we work for ourselves, in the best field there can be, in the great outdoors, with loud cool equipment, and trucks with more then 4 wheels, and Im content and happy at the end of the day. Im not rich by any means, thats not my goal. BUT Im HAPPY! Some of these companies want more and more and more, so be it. This isnt directed at anyone exactly, just venting some thoughts Ive had.