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Protect Your Equipment From Theft


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Off-road equipment theft is a persistent problem in the united states. However, there are many precautions that landscape and irrigation equipment owners can take to discourage thieves and improve their chances of getting their equipment back if it is stolen.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Employee Theft


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You have assembled the best crews and taken great care in employing honest, loyal workers. You know all your “guys” are on the up and up, so why should you be concerned with employee theft? Because, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, three out of four of your employees will steal from you this year.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Employee Incentives

...the good and the bad


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Incentives—rewards meant to encourage and motivate employees to be more productive—all too often backfire and create unintended consequences: internal squabbles, cynicism, distraction, and diminished performance. However, when used correctly, they can produce wonderful results.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tax Tips


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The american taxpayer relief act of 2012 was signed into law on January 2, 2013. the legislation was anxiously awaited by Americans who didn’t want to go over the “fiscal cliff” and face higher individual taxes across the board. but the new law also modifies or extends many business tax breaks.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

There's an App for That

Apps to assist our industry


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Talk to any ‘old-time’ landscape professional about the business 20 years ago and you’ll see how different the industry is today, especially from the standpoint of technology. they’ll tell you that the good old days were both the best and worst of times.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Business to Business: Turn the Tables on Employee Turnover


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Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it costs a company one-third of a new hire’s annual salary to replace an employee. Using a modest annual salary of $35,000, a company can easily spend $11,550 for each new employee hired.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Growing Your Business


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Making things grow—that’s what you do. Some green things grow easily, with little effort, even thriving on neglect. And some take a lot of tending, just the right kind of soil, fertilizer, irrigation and pruning to really flourish. you, as a landscape professional, know this, of course.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

Safety First


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There’s this contractor . . . let’s call him ‘John Doe.’ He’s a 30-year industry veteran, and he should have known better. One day, out on a job, he realized that his mower wasn’t mowing at the right height. He had cabled down the throttle bar to keep the gas flowing. Then, instead of bending down to adjust the height, Doe put his hand under the deck to lift the mower up. And that’s when the still-moving mower blade cut off the tips of three of his fingers.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

Business to Business: Beyond Satisfaction

Five keys to creating customer loyalty


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Think your customers are satisfied? They very well may be. Unfortunately, customer satisfaction doesn’t always lead to customer loyalty. These days, even if your customers are completely satisfied with your product or service, 40% of them will leave you and start doing business with your competition.   More
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Benefits and Pitfalls of Groupon-Type Marketing


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It’s hard to believe that the first Groupon deal-of-the-day offers arrived in your email inbox less than four years ago. although there were modestly successful predecessors, Groupon (and its competitive cousins Living social, dealster, BuyWithme), has become a consumer mainstay.   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012