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Choosing Your Supply Store


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In everything in life, there are amateurs, and there are professionals. Take golf, for instance. It’s a game that a lot of us in the green industry play (and often misplay!). Any amateur golfer can get himself outfitted at a sporting goods store. However, no serious golfer, let alone a PGA professional, would buy gear at a chain sporting goods store.   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Improving on $uccess


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There is much to consider for a landscape contractor who realizes the dream of starting his or her own company. Among other attributes, it takes foresight and determination to find a formula for success, both initially and in the long run. Sometimes, it also takes a little outside help to truly optimize that success.   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Don't Get Mega-bit: Software You'll Actually Use


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Talk to any old-timer landscape professional about the good old days, and he’ll tell you how the fledgling years of our industry were the best of times and the worst of times. They were the best of times in that opportunity was limitless. They were the worst of times in that business systems were in the dark ages   More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012 Ivan Jayson

Passing the Baton


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In the landscape business, as in life, nothing is as simple as it seems. You work your tail off getting your business started in the hopes that it will earn you a comfortable living. Yet you find that with growth comes more staff, more equipment, and more headaches. You hope that your headaches will be offset by greater profitability. Then, as you settle in for the long haul, it’s still a constant challenge to run your business efficiently.   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Michael Stone

Accidents Can Be a Disaster, Safety Can Be Profitable


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While our work can be hazardous, it does not have to be deadly. However, according to the recent Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, between 2003 and 2006 there were a total of 789 deaths “due to traumatic injuries among landscape services workers and their first-line supervisors.” Of those deaths, “nearly 80 percent occurred in the landscape services industry.”   More
 
Friday, March 16, 2012

The New Landscape of Landscape Business Taxes


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The first thing to remember, is that the deadline to file your taxes is not April 15th this year," says small business tax specialist Steven Aldrich, CEO of Outright, the tax software system for small businesses that operates out of Mountain View, California. "It's April 17th, because the 15th is a Sunday and the 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia. So it's the 17th, unless you file for an extension. If you file for an extension, that gives you an additional six months."   More
 
Friday, March 16, 2012

Digital Design Software


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IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE TO THE WIZARDY of digital software for landscape, landscape lighting, and irrigation design, be prepared to be dazzled. With a few keystrokes or a simple click, drag, and drop on your laptop or desktop computer, you can create exciting knock-it-outof-the-ballpark photorealistic designs—and you can do it lightning fast. The software is just a mechanism for taking what is in your head, and putting it on a piece of paper, except you’re using a computer. For irrigation contractors, there’s RAINCAD, which can calculate total flow to total volume to distribution levels—even the number of pipes, fittings and solvents you’ll need.   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Go iLawn


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Landscape companies of all sizes are being pushed to achieve increased capacity and better margins. Today’s business climate requires contractors to squeeze higher volume and productivity out of the same 24-hour day.   More
 
Monday, January 16, 2012

Case Study: Franchise Power


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WHAT LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR’S eyes wouldn’t light up at the prospect of ten to fifteen percent of business growth a year, every single year? Or new accounts where the work is under written contract? Or when you’re able to pay your bills on time, every time?.   More
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

How to Fix Inefficiency Problems


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When you’re busting your butt in a challenging economy to run your business—and even trying to grow it—few things are as frustrating as wasted time and effort. Each is a giant sucking sound on your company’s bottom line, but avoiding inefficiency seems like avoiding a winter cold.   More
 
Friday, December 9, 2011