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Ten Ways To Ruin Your Business


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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 a company's health. Being guilty of one failing, or a combination of several, can sink any profitable business into oblivion.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Tax Talk Issues for Small Business Owners


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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 advice.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Landscape Management Software


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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 job must be a better option, right?    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

Cashing Out Your Hidden Assets


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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 your primary goal.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

Is Franchising Right for You?


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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.    More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Avoid the Pitfalls, Reap the Rewards


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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 landscaping at all. Instead, most of the mistakes they mentioned had to do with human relations.    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

Motivating the Unmotivated


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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.    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

When Your Family's the Boss


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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 lack of estate planning to dissension among family members cause the business to close its doors.    More
 
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Cost Estimating: Profits or Pitfalls


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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 professionals know, number crunching is one of the biggest parts of the job -- especially when those numbers have to do with cost estimating.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Soften the Labor Shortage


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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 when immigrant workers went on large-scale strikes.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007