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Jan. 14 2013
Talk to any ‘old-time’ landscape professional about the business 20 years ago and you’ll see how different the industry is today, especially from the standpoint of technology. they’ll...
Dec. 13 2012
Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the...
Nov. 16 2012
Making things grow—that’s what you do. Some green things grow easily, with little effort, even thriving on neglect. And some take a lot of tending, just the right kind of soil, fertilizer,...
Nov. 16 2012
There’s this contractor . . . let’s call him ‘John Doe.’ He’s a 30-year industry veteran, and he should have known better. One day, out on a job, he realized that his mower...
Oct. 16 2012
Think your customers are satisfied? They very well may be. Unfortunately, customer satisfaction doesn’t always lead to customer loyalty. These days, even if your customers are completely satisfied...
Sept. 19 2012
It’s hard to believe that the first Groupon deal-of-the-day offers arrived in your email inbox less than four years ago. although there were modestly successful predecessors, Groupon (and its competitive...
Aug. 17 2012
You’ve probably heard it said that entrepreneurs are “married to their work.” it’s true. Running a company requires amazing quantities of time, energy, and devotion...
July 17 2012
In everything in life, there are amateurs, and there are professionals. Take golf, for instance. It’s a game that a lot of us in the green industry play (and often misplay!). Any amateur...
July 17 2012
There is much to consider for a landscape contractor who realizes the dream of starting his or her own company. Among other attributes, it takes foresight and determination to find a formula for success,...
June 15 2012
Talk to any old-timer landscape professional about the good old days, and he’ll tell you how the fledgling years of our industry were the best of times and the worst of times. They were the best...
May 15 2012
In the landscape business, as in life, nothing is as simple as it seems. You work your tail off getting your business started in the hopes that it will earn you a comfortable living. Yet you find that...
March 16 2012
While our work can be hazardous, it does not have to be deadly. However, according to the recent Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, between 2003 and 2006 there...
March 16 2012
The first thing to remember, is that the deadline to file your taxes is not April 15th this year," says small business tax specialist Steven Aldrich, CEO of Outright, the tax software system for small...
Feb. 15 2012
IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE TO THE WIZARDY of digital software for landscape, landscape lighting, and irrigation design, be prepared to be dazzled. With a few keystrokes or a simple click, drag, and drop on your...
Jan. 16 2012
Landscape companies of all sizes are being pushed to achieve increased capacity and better margins. Today’s business climate requires contractors to squeeze higher volume and productivity out of...
Dec. 9 2011
WHAT LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR’S eyes wouldn’t light up at the prospect of ten to fifteen percent of business growth a year, every single year? Or new accounts where the work is under written contract?...
Dec. 9 2011
When you’re busting your butt in a challenging economy to run your business—and even trying to grow it—few things are as frustrating as wasted time and effort. Each is a giant sucking...
Nov. 16 2011
Remember when you first started your business? Those early years were nervewracking, exciting and certainly challenging. Over the years, you built a solid business and raised a family. Being a small family...
Nov. 16 2011
Let’s face it, all good companies that have been in business for any length of time are pretty well booked from April through July, sometimes even into August. Why? Customers are motivated to buy...
Aug. 18 2011
REMEMBER WHEN YOU STARTED your business? You were embarking on what you hoped would be a lifelong career path. As a landscape contractor, you wore many different hats. On any given day, you’re mowing...