The end of April is here and I wasn't expecting to give another update until after SUMMER. However, things grew so fast, here I am again, giving another update. Again, we can argue, or take it off track and get the thread closed, or we can be informative and debate, discuss, and talk. If you want to argue against my idea, no worries, but it would be awesome to do it through PM so others can get some info, and keep the thread open for others who do want to learn or read can do so. Bear in mind, I started in an entirely new city after relocating. I started up this year with ZERO (0) properties in Houston. I decided to ditch the big equipment. The big trucks. The trailers. Again, it's not that they don't have their place. But honestly, the troubles weren't worth it. Hydraulic Pumps, Replacement $2,500 engines, wheel motors, $70.00 a set blades and belts, pulling a trailer through bumper to bumper traffic, again, there were various reasons for my change. Let's fast forward from January to the end of April. I'll be the first one to admit, I still get daily looks from every single Hispanic Lawn Crew around here, but inside I think they're afraid they got a new type of competition on the block. I still get people telling me to use a truck, and giving their 2 cents. I respect those opinions, but that's someone elses opinion, not mine. I'm not ashamed to drive a prius. Those funny looks don't bother me. And the customers I communicate with verbally, actually like the idea. It gets the most attention when neighbors see you pull up, thinking your a "cheap guy", they laugh, thinking you're about to mess up their neighbor's yard. Then after their neighbors looks better than theirs, questions start popping in their hand, that's why I drop that flyer on all the neighboring yards. Again, they are paying me for the end result. Both platforms I use updated their system. Mostly they are now operating by offering the greatest number of jobs to "Top Tier" contractors. This change comes after hours and hours of interviews and talking with the Corporate Companies explaining to them the flaws in their system and how these flaws were unfair to us contractors who do-do top quality work. Needless to say, after 20+ emails, 20+ phone calls, phone interviews, etc. the systems have now changed how they operate and reward top tier contractors. With that said, with one platform, we have never recieved anything but a 5.0 rating. With the other platform, we have over 100 5-star reviews. The top pros in our area average a 4.7 review. We are higher than even the top pro's at a 4.9, with over 125 reviews. Now cover your ears. Again, after relocating and starting over with 0 properties in January. Fast forward to the end of April. We now sit at over 100 Properties! Again, every single property is Mow, Edge, Trim, Blow, and Go. We no longer accept any properties over 7,500 square feet, if we happen to be "assigned one" automatically, we drop it, and every single property is still being mowed with 21" Hondas out of a Prius. Today's was our best day. Over 25 properties mowed, totaling to nearly $600.00. I spent less than $5.00 i fuel all day long in the Prius. I paid a helper $150.00. And spent $10.00 in equipment fuel and mix. With the above said, the only problem I've ran into is small equipment problems. Honda 21's are nice, with the folding handles, they work perfect. But honestly, they aren't built to hold up to this many properties. We now have a total of 3 and back-ups to swap out when one goes down. Other-wise, I still have half of the headaches of my old set up with big equipment, trucks, and trailers. As for the platforms, many tried, said they weren't worth it. The truth is, you are right and they aren't if your the average person. Because the average human is going to think they have to play their rules, pay them their cut, and it's just not worth it. The truth is, there are humans that operate these big companies. These companies have more marketing power, finances, and have the leverage over you or I. But they are great people. And if you take the time to work with them, they will literally change the system, and how it operates for you if you had the patience to work with them and earn that top tier status. With the above said, many will still debate my idea, argue it, and that's still fine by me. I'm just giving my side to a different approach. I suspect we'll see more of it with the latest news with oil and gas now sky rocketing. I'm just giving my 2c and I"m not here to argue with those who disagree. But in the end, we're in business to make money. You can disagree, agree, or just read. But in the end, it's growing fast. We surpassed our prediction. And I'm now predicting 150 Customers by the end of the year. And we still have no intention in selling our Honda's or Prius. I scroll down and see a post about how many companies here use "secretaries." It makes me wonder, someone pays out a "salary" or $100 plus a day to an employee to answer the phone, but some would argue, that giving up 18%, 15%, and 10% of $600.00 a day is wrong, for a corporate company to handle their phone calls, billing, scheduling, and all of their troubles. With that said, I'm not arguing with your beliefs, again just giving my 2 cents. I'll end with, I respect all your opinions, arguments, and debates. If you want to argue that my way is wrong, please, please do it through pm's for the sake of others. I'll end this post with, my way be wrong to others, but it's working freaking AWESOME for us!