WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

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

Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place where  a lot of contractors got their start.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Building a Sustainable, Competitive Advantage in a Multicultural Workplace


Business Articles
My partner Chip and I had just landed a large installation project for a new restaurant chain that was building several locations throughout our city, Nashville, Tennessee. However, at that time, our company consisted of only two men, just Chip and I.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 BRYAN CLAYTON

Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Times have changed and advertising in the green industry has changed along with it. In the past, trying to get the biggest ad in the Yellow Pages or changing your name to AAA something was the way to go, so that you could get listed first in your category.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 BRYAN CLAYTON

Barrett Ersek


Close-Up Profiles
When Ersek was 12 years old, he wanted a dirt bike motorcycle, but his dad wouldn’t buy it for him. “My dad told me I could have anything I wanted; I just had to work hard and save my money,” he said. “I was really eager to get a job so I could buy my motorcycle."   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Every business owner wants to grab more of his or her market share every year. In today’s slowly improving economy, people are shopping services and are more cautious in the way they spend their money. You have to be thankful that during slow economic times, people stay closer to home and are more aware of their homes and their landscapes. They will still spend money to keep up their number-one investment, their home.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Glenn Jacobsen


Close-Up Profiles
When his school day was finished and on Saturdays, young Glenn Jacobsen would work with his father. Jacobsen senior worked at an electric company and in a tree care business on a part-time basis. “As a young lad, I grew up climbing trees and later cutting down trees,” said Jacobsen. “It’s a tough business, and I get my work ethic from my dad, who is a hard worker.” In addition to going to high school and helping his father, Jacobsen was mowing lawns in the neighborhood. He was 15 years old.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Employee Incentives

...the good and the bad


Business Articles
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

Costing Out an Irrigation System


Irrigation
No matter what our occupation, there are some tasks within it that we enjoy, and some we don’t. The tasks we like are usually the things we’re good at. We find them easy. If you’re an experienced contractor, you could probably install an irrigation system with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Business to Business: Turn the Tables on Employee Turnover


Business Articles
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

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