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April 21 2008
Employee Fraud: Protecting Your Bottom Line, Can you recognize an embezzler just by looking at someone?...
April 21 2008
How Many Associations Should You Join? Association dues come up for renewal every winter. Few expenses pave the way toward professionalism more than association dues...
April 21 2008
Businessmen fail even in days of prosperity, turning otherwise profitable enterprises into dismal failures, often in surprisingly short time. Red ink is an indication, not a cause, for a breakdown in...
April 21 2008
Seems like we're short on just about everything these days: time, money, water and especially labor. Advances in green industry technology... have made it possible to work more efficiently, but we still...
March 1 2008
IT’S TAX TIME . . . THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN MANY CONTRACTORS look at their tax bills and wonder if they could have done anything differently. The smart ones do more than wonder. They seek professional...
Oct. 1 2007
You have a chance to do three $5,000 jobs in a nearby housing complex but it would mean turning down one $25,000 job across town. There's no time for precise calculation of expected profits, but the $25,000...
Oct. 1 2007
YOUR SUCCESSFUL COMPANY IS MORE than just your most valuable capital asset -- it represents the realization of your dream. During the start-up and growth stages, enhancing your firm's productivity was...
Aug. 1 2007
In 1940, two siblings opened a restaurant in San Bernardino, California. It was based on two factors: good food and speedy service. The people liked it and the trend caught on...
June 1 2007
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about...
June 1 2007
IF YOU'RE FRUSTRATED IN YOUR efforts to elicit the best from each of your subordinates, chances are it's not that they can't be motivated, but that the wrong methods are being used to motivate them...
April 1 2007
Unfortunately, the majority of family-owned businesses don't survive past the second generation. While succeeding generations have every intention of keeping the business going, factors ranging from a...
March 1 2007
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk, crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape...
Feb. 1 2007
In recent politics, one of the issues that's received the most widespread media attention is immigration. It's been splashed across newspaper headlines and television news programs for months, particularly...
Feb. 1 2007
PAYROLL. AS A BUSINESS OWNER, IT'S your single biggest expense. More than gas, more than materials, more even than equipment, your heftiest expenditure is labor. Beyond that, it also eats up a great deal...
Dec. 1 2006
Its just about that time of year that gives the colors red and black a whole new meaning. Most businessmen open up their ledgers and start scratching their heads, trying to figure out which color applies...
Dec. 1 2006
With most green industry businesses, seasonal ebbs and flows are the norm. Even in warm climates, customer demand typically cycles through predictable peaks and valleys. BY ELIZABETH LEXAU 12/06 With...
Oct. 1 2006
If you look up “landscaping” in the Yellow Pages of most big cities, chances are that you’ll find literally hundreds of listings. Most probably include only the...
Oct. 1 2006
If youve noticed that you seem to need to hire more workers lately, youre not alone. Our economy is expanding, which means that more people have more money to spend on things like revamping their backyards...
Sept. 1 2006
If you want to win profitable projects, you need to learn how to separate your business from the thousands of “me-too” green companies out there. Irrigation & Gre...
June 1 2006
It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning in Oakland, California....

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