I've been thinking of this post for a few weeks now and, finally decided to make it. We all are aware the economy is not the best, and even with fuel prices on the decrease, at least around here, most would agree we shouldn't expect a quick turn-around. I've also noticed a few posts regarding the loss of business due to the weak economy, and have some thoughts regarding this. Some of the posters were obviously angry that their services had been eliminated. We all need to realize that there is basically no difference between us and our customers. For most, lawncare is a luxury, not a necessity. If you were faced with the choice of paying the electric bill or the cable TV bill, but not both, which would you choose? I have, during my time here on Lawnsite, seen dozens of posts with quotes like "I wouldn't drop my tail gate for less than $40", or "I won't do bi-weekly accounts". I personally think, if things remain tight for a period of time, many of the guys with that attitude won't be around long. Some will be OK due to the demographics of their service area, but for those, probably most, of us, that have customers who are struggling to meet their monthly obligations, inflexibility isn't necessarily a virtue. If I had a customer threaten to drop me due to reduced cash flow, I'd try and work out something with them, possibly skipping some cuts, or mowing the less visible areas of their property on an extended cutting schedule. In other words, I'd do anything I could to keep the account open, rather than lose them, because if they sense the attitude that you could care less about their business, and are ticked off because of the cancelling of your services, I strongly suspect, when and if they require lawn services again, you are not going to be the one they call. I am not knocking independence, just suggesting that as a business person, you have to go with the ebb and flow. If you are not willing to do so, you may well find yourself out of business. Just my 2 cents worth.