IT’S TAX TIME . . . THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN MANY CONTRACTORS
look at their tax bills and wonder if they could have
done anything differently. The smart ones do more than
wonder. They seek professional advice.
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.
PAYROLL. AS A BUSINESS OWNER, IT'S your single biggest expense. More than gas, more than materials, more even than equipment, your heftiest expenditure is labor. Beyond that, it also eats up a great deal of time, and requires an enormous amount of paperwork.
Erosion Control / Hydroseeding
The concept is simple. Start with the right amount of quality ingredients, including seed, mulch, fertilizer, and water. Add a tackifier to make sure things stick. Mix together to create your hydroseeding slurry, then spray.
You’ve probably heard it
said that entrepreneurs are
“married to their work.”
It’s true. Running a company
requires amazing quantities
of time, energy, and
devotion. But there is one
big difference: while matrimony
is all about maintaining
a healthy relationship
with another person, being
married to a business is all
about maintaining healthy
(and profitable!) relationships
with several groups
LET’S ASSUME THAT YOUR COMPANY
gets a contract with a homeowner
whose property encompasses
the size of two football fields,
and, in addition to regular lawn
maintenance, that homeowner
wants you to install an irrigation
system. You and your employees
are all very happy—after all,
this is a big job.
You’re a skilled designer. You listen to your clients and understand exactly
what they’re looking for. You draw beautiful plans according to their wishes.
But do you ever wonder what business would be like if you could just get your
designs out faster?
You know the type. Maybe
you are one. The manager
who arrives in the morning
before sunrise, who works
through lunch and stays
until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., or
longer. As a society, we
often marvel at this commitment:
“He’s such a hard
worker,” or “She’s so dedicated.”
FOR MOST OF THE U.S. POND BUILDING INDUSTRY, THERE ARE FOUR SEASONS. WE ARE currently in the middle of the winter season here in Georgia. This is the time when we get our equipment and supply inventory ready
for spring start-ups, the official launch of the New Year’s business
for the majority of pond professionals across this great country.