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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

Profitable Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success


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It's all about people
Leaders of successful companies often speak of their employees with a great sense of respect, appreciation, and even awe. "I can't say enough about our people," says Mark Borst, owner of Borst Landscape based in Allendale, New Jersey. "Our employees are definitely the backbone of our business."   More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006

Diversification: Do It Right or Not at All


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If you, as an owner or manager, are considering expanding the list of services you offer to your clients, you must make absolutely sure that you have the knowledge, expertise and    More
 
Saturday, April 1, 2006

Business Efficiency


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Wisconsin has so many business taxes from sales taxes to county taxes to the use tax that its understandable how a business can make an honest mistake when it comes to reporting taxes.    More
 
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Buy or Rent?


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From skid-steers to hand-rakes, equipment is the heart of the contractor’s business. Buying it is an investment that brings pride of ownership and tangible assets, a    More
 
Friday, December 2, 2005