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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

Case Study: The JobClock System


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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 of time, and requires an enormous amount of paperwork.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Buy, Rent or Lease?


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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 to their business. It’s 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    More
 
Friday, December 1, 2006

Use Seasonal Slowdowns to Get Ahead


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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 most green industry businesses, seasonal ebbs and flows are the norm. Even in warm climates, customer demand typically cycles through    More
 
Friday, December 1, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Marketing to Make Yourself Heard


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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    More
 
Sunday, October 1, 2006

H-2B and the Green Industry


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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 or installing water gardens.    More
 
Sunday, October 1, 2006

Be YOUnique


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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    More
 
Friday, September 1, 2006

When Profits Walk Away: How Much Are You Losing to Theft?


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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. 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.   More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Lean, Mean, and Green: Software Simplifies Business


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You'd be surprised. An increasing number of landscape companies are turning to computers and specialized software programs to streamline their accounting practices, their design practices, or even their maintenance practices. And an increasing number of software companies are out to meet that demand.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006