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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

IT´S A FAMILY AFFAIR: Handing Down the Family Business


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Remember when you first started your business? Those early years were nervewracking, exciting and certainly challenging. Over the years, you built a solid business and raised a family. Being a small family business, your kids grew up ‘in the business;’ after all, they listened to business talk every night at the dinner table.   More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turning Okay Years Into Good Years!


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Let’s face it, all good companies that have been in business for any length of time are pretty well booked from April through July, sometimes even into August. Why? Customers are motivated to buy because they have a sense of urgency.   More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hats off to Outsourcing


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REMEMBER WHEN YOU STARTED your business? You were embarking on what you hoped would be a lifelong career path. As a landscape contractor, you wore many different hats. On any given day, you’re mowing lawns, spreading fertilizer, controlling weeds and performing a variety of other routine jobs for your clients.   More
 
Thursday, August 18, 2011 ROBIN WESTMILLER

A Partnership for Success


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Even the landscape industry. “The best candidates for the franchise business model are landscape contractors who are looking to grow their existing business and aren’t exactly sure how to go about doing it,” says Scott Frith, president, Lawn Doctor, Matawan, New Jersey.   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

“I Don’t Have Time” is a Lie


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You’ve heard people say this over and over again: “I don’t have time.” The fact is that we all have the same number of hours in each day and we choose what to do with those hours. We choose whether to stay in bed, get up and go to work, or show up at our exercise class.   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011