is it just me , or is everyone out there a "snow removal contractor"?what i mean by this is, as the years go on, you have more and more people out there cleaning snow. im not talking about legit contractors, with the equipment, insurance's, client's,etc... im talking about the jack a$$es with the suv's with thier costco plow, the guys with the atv's (not those of us who use them as another piece of equipment) these are the same guys who put thier snow piles in the middle of the roads!, have no beacons on thier trucks and come flying out of a driveway,and mostly about the truckloads of illegal immigrants driving around in van's attacking the snowfall with spade & square shovels. these people go neighborhood to neighborhood, banging on people's door's, making a mess, and giving REAL snow removal contractors like us a bad name. when i first started out with snow, i did the same thing but somehow it seemed different. i always provided service, but i was'nt like these people. have any of you guys noticed how unfriendly the competition is? i have lost accounts to these so called "contractors", because they work for peanuts, have no overhead, etc... the accounts i lost to them i really dont care about. you get what you pay, and they cant come close to my service. i have nothing against the competition. theres enough work out there for everyone. the problem is thier driving our standard of pricing down!, they do bad work, and provide zero service, then when you advertise your snow business, they (potential client) does'nt call because they think your just like them.i only notice this with residential accounts, as these people cant possibly service any commercial accounts. i am a snow removal contractor that sells a service, like the rest of you. just gets a little frustrating. i cant stand fly by night people. it's like this in all types of businesses and i think its a problem. all i can say is to the rest of you is try to build a good customer base, and keep on providing a good service, and maybe we can push these people out. it all depends on the customer though, most people are cheap, and dont want to pay for a REAL service.