Irrigation & Green Industry - Business Articles http://www.igin.com/articles.sec-99-1-business_articles.html <![CDATA[Passing the Baton to the Next Generation - ]]> If you’ve decided that it’s time for your kids to take over the family business, there’s more to it than simply handing them the keys. You need to have a succession plan. We can’t give you a template, as there’s no single “right” way to do it. But you do need to have a plan. ]]> <![CDATA[Are Your First Impressions First-Rate? - ]]> Let’s talk about your green industry company’s first impressions… Even if you think your company does a pretty good job managing this all-important step, you’ve probably not given it all the attention it deserves.

In this article, let’s look at just one aspect of this process: the way your telephone is answered. Experts agree that how your telephone is answered at your small business can increase or decrease the possibility of gaining new customers.

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<![CDATA[How to Sell Your Business - ]]> Having an exit strategy two to three years ahead of time allows you to maximize your company’s value.

This article addresses common misconceptions and mistakes that we have found business owners make when selling a company without an exit strategy in place. Freeman’s expertise in recognizing these misconceptions and mistakes, and how you can avoid them, comes from three decades of selling privately-held companies. If you are looking at retiring and/or selling your company in the next three years, this is a must-read.

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<![CDATA[How to Grow Your Business by Having a Strong Guarantee - ]]> <![CDATA[Managing Time Makes Your Company More Efficient - ]]> <![CDATA[How to Hire an Invisible Sales Person Who Can Close More Business for Your Green Company - ]]> <![CDATA[How to Avoid Common Miscommunication Mistakes with Your Employees - ]]> Time and time again, I hear from my green industry clients about the challenge of having crystal clear communication with their foremen, supervisors and employees. What they thought was communicated is often misinterpreted and costly errors result.

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<![CDATA[Facebook: Fired Up or Just Fired? - ]]> <![CDATA[How to Find Short-Term Employees for Your Green Company - ]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Why Small Business Owners in the Green Industry Have a Hard Time Delegating and What They Can Do About It - ]]> <![CDATA[Buy? Lease? or Rent? - ]]> <![CDATA[How to Communicate with Your Boomer Customers - ]]> <![CDATA[Are You A Reluctant Leader? - ]]> Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader?

Many of them have a condition that is sometimes referred to as ‘altitude sickness.’

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<![CDATA[Are You Giving Your Customers What They Really Want? - ]]> <![CDATA[Business to Business: Do the Math! - ]]> <![CDATA[The Real Impact of Leadership - ]]> <![CDATA[Is Employee Cynicism Killing Your Culture? - ]]> <![CDATA[Best Management Practices and You - ]]> <![CDATA[Mastering the Skills of Time Management - ]]> <![CDATA[Five Tips to Better Manage Your Crew - ]]>