March 15 2017
For small businesses, this can be especially worrisome. When faced with the high tax burden that comes with running your own business, you want to make sure that all of your I’s are dotted and T’s ...
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Feb. 16 2016
It’s that dreaded time of year again, when the tax monster starts rearing its ugly head. We can’t wriggle away entirely from this demon, but there might be a few ways to make its bite less ...
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Nov. 16 2015
As a business owner, your days consist of one decision after another. Some are no-brainers: “Should I update my website?” Of course! “Should I check this prospective employee’s ...
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March 16 2015
Time and time again, I hear from my green industry clients about the challenge of having crystal clear communication with their foremen, supervisors and employees. What they thought was communicated ...
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Dec. 15 2014
It’s that time of year again...the time of year where we take a moment and reflect on every contractor’s best friend: their truck. Across the country, landscape contractors invest a lot of ...
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Aug. 15 2014
I recently received a very clever phone pitch. A telesales person called to congratulate me for being such a good magazine customer. She offered me five magazines, free of charge, for 60 months. I thought ...
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June 16 2014
There’s an old industrial short subject called “Spring Fever.” In it, a man’s wife won’t let him go out and play golf until he fixes a broken sofa spring. Frustrated, he yells: ...
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May 16 2014
Landscaping has long been a part of my life. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I started my Detroit-area landscape company when I was 19. In the process of learning the business, managing my own crew, and dealing ...
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Sept. 16 2013
Some business owners are looking to hand down their business to a family member; others may be looking at the option of selling to a hard-working employee. still others may be looking to sell their business ...
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May 1 1999
Some landscape contractors call it the necessary evil. Others say it’s a profit-eating, tedious task that only serves one purpose: good public relations. But there’s a growing army of landscape ...
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July 1 1998
Henry Ford was once asked in an interview what he thought was his most important trait that had led to his astonishing success as an automaker. His response was, "The ability to organize." ...
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Aug. 1 2007
All that remains of the tree is the stump, the unattractive remnants of a tree that once was. But before you can paint the canvas of dirt, the stump has to be removed ...
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Aug. 18 2007
When Stuart Sperber was about ten years old, his father and brother started a company called Valley Crest Landscape Nurseries in North Hollywood, California. While growing up, as you can guess, the talk ...
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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 ...
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Sept. 15 2009
The holiday season is approaching with the speed of Santa’s sleigh. Before you know it, the sound of carols will fill the crisp winter nights, and the familiar smell of Christmas trees will permeate ...
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