Sept. 1 2008
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. But there is...
Aug. 18 2008
Back in the day, going to school meant walking, and in my case it was uphill both ways. Well, maybe not both ways . . . my point is that going to school may be tough, but the alternative is tougher, for...
July 15 2008
THE ECONOMY IS CHANGING. Some companies feel it; some don’t. But whether or not they’re feeling the pinch, there are strategies that can help companies buffer themselves from the economic turmoil around...
June 13 2008
While it seems unlikely that Congress will rectify the situation in one fell swoop anytime soon, there are a number of employers who are taking proactive steps to serve their clients. AAA Landscape, a multimillion...
May 14 2008
AT ONE POINT, THERE WERE MORE THAN 40,000 PAPER ROUTE CARDS covering one of the walls at Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care in Denver, Colorado. “Needless to say, it was an inefficient process that...
April 28 2008
Hey, Joe, it’s me again. Can you hold that skid loader for me tomorrow, with the pallet attachment?...
April 21 2008
In some respects, advertising is one way large companies stay ahead of their smaller competitors. It takes serious resources to build an effective advertising campaign. That scares a lot of small companies...
April 21 2008
Operating a successful business in this day and age is a major task. Running a landscape contracting business and making a profit is even more difficult...
April 21 2008
Capital - Financial Option for Growing Your Business, Most landscaping businesses today are experiencing rapid growth. This proves that you're marketing effectively against formidable competition and...
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...

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