Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Making things grow—that’s what you do. Some green things grow easily, with little effort, even thriving on neglect. And some take a lot of tending, just the right kind of soil, fertilizer, irrigation and pruning to really flourish. you, as a landscape professional, know this, of course.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

Mike Mason


Close-Up Profiles
BORN AND BRED IN HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, Mike Mason exudes confidence—it’s in his DNA. His father worked for the Mississippi Cooperative Service as a county agent. “Like many kids in high school, I was trying to earn a few dollars mowing lawns,” he said.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

Automate Your Field Work

By Bruce Blau


Business Articles
“It’s hard to find good help nowadays . . .” Yes, is an old, tired phrase, but nonetheless true. On a landscaping project, especially, its tough to amass the skilled manpower necessary to complete a job, according to many contractors.    More
 
Monday, March 1, 1999

Leasing vs. Purchasing

By Shane Smith


Business Articles
If you've ever had to decide whether to purchase or lease vehicles or landscaping equipment, then you've probably come face to face with the complexities of making the right decision.    More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999

Irrigation Repairs... Another Profit Center


Miscellaneous
Some landscape contractors call it the necessary evil. Others say it’s a profit-eating, tedious task that only serves one purpose: good public relations. But there’s a growing army of landscape contractors that like doing irrigation repairs. And, without thinking twice, they’ll tell you to take their testimony straight to the bank with the fat bag of money they made last week doing those repairs.   More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999 Ryan Van Benthuysen

Accurate Maintenance Estimates


Landscape Maintenance
If you've ever sat around on a Monday night to watch a football game, you're probably familiar with the term 'sports analyst.' Often a former player, now a sports analyst, gives his opinion on how well teams are playing, and makes predictions about which team has the best chance to win. Sometimes, he'll even estimate what the final score will be.    More
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Cost Estimating: Profits or Pitfalls


Business Articles
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk, crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape professionals know, number crunching is one of the biggest parts of the job -- especially when those numbers have to do with cost estimating.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007

When Your Family's the Boss


Business Articles
Unfortunately, the majority of family-owned businesses don't survive past the second generation. While succeeding generations have every intention of keeping the business going, factors ranging from a lack of estate planning to dissension among family members cause the business to close its doors.    More
 
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Ten Ways To Ruin Your Business


Business Articles
Businessmen fail even in days of prosperity, turning otherwise profitable enterprises into dismal failures, often in surprisingly short time. Red ink is an indication, not a cause, for a breakdown in a company's health. Being guilty of one failing, or a combination of several, can sink any profitable business into oblivion.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Capital...

Financial options for Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Capital - Financial Option for Growing Your Business, Most landscaping businesses today are experiencing rapid growth. This proves that you're marketing effectively against formidable competition and servicing present accounts in such a manner to retain their loyalty. But growth has its problems. The faster and bigger you grow, the more likely it is that you may run out of capital before you run out of marketing steam.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

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