The Way You Do Anything Is the Way You Do Everything


Business Articles
When many entrepreneurs hit a snag, they point the finger at outside factors. But Suzanne Evans, author and entrepreneur, says that you—and you alone—are the source of your success or failure. Here, excerpted from her book, are 10 inconvenient but ironclad truths that all business owners should take to heart.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Grind That Stump and Add Dollars


Landscape
All that remains of the tree is the stump, the unattractive remnants of a tree that once was. But before you can paint the canvas of dirt, the stump has to be removed.    More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Profitable Mowing: Staying a Cut Above


Landscape Maintenance
From the outside it looks simple. You mow a few lawns and collect money. You earn enough to buy more equipment and hire others. Soon your clientele seems to be growing as quickly as the grass you’re cutting.   More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Train Your Mowing Crews


Landscape Maintenance
I USED TO OWN A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE COMPANY THAT I SOLD to another company when I retired. Well, that didn’t last too long; I got bored and took a position as president of a landscape company. Along the way, I learned a lot about how to make more bottom-line profits.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 BILL PHAGAN

Step Into the Spotlight: Be a Landscape Lighting Star


Landscape Lighting
It’s important to know how to take advantage of a good thing. When Scott Driscoll of Driscoll’s Landscaping, Mullica Hill, New Jersey, noticed the amount of development in the Mullica Hill area, he moved his entire business there – not to mention his entire family. “It looked like a good thing,” he says. “I wanted to follow the work.”    More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Did You Say Pond or Waterfall?


Waterscapes
How many times have your customers told you that they've always dreamed of having a pond in their backyard? Uh . . . wait a minute, now let's review that. Did they say pond or did they actually say, 'I've always dreamed of having a waterfall in my backyard'?   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Battery Powered Profits


Controllers
"An up-to-date contractor has to have battery-operated controllers in his arsenal,” says Randy Symonds, electronic product manager for Peoria, Illinois-based L.R. Nelson.    More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Tracy Powell

Painting with Light


Landscape Lighting
When an artist paints a picture, or a photographer takes an exceptional photograph, the play of light and shadows are almost as important as the subject matter, sometimes even more so. You are taken in by the way the light hits an object, or the shadow almost hides it. In the same way, lighting “paints” a home’s landscape after dark, creating a picture that lights up the night. Shadows, colors and lights all work harmoniously to shape the canvas, illuminating what was once dark. Landscape lighting allows the homeowner many more hours to enjoy their investment, and is good for everyone’s bottom line.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

Costing Out an Irrigation System


Irrigation
Gone are the days when there was so much work out there that if you didn’t get one job, you got another. Also gone are the times when you made an appointment for a potential project, came in looking like you just finished digging some trenches, checked out the project and took out your business card to write on the back: install new irrigation system— $1,900. In today’s competitive environment, it’s unlikely that you’re the only company whom the customer is calling.   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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