Case Study: Franchise Power


Business Articles
WHAT LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR’S eyes wouldn’t light up at the prospect of ten to fifteen percent of business growth a year, every single year? Or new accounts where the work is under written contract? Or when you’re able to pay your bills on time, every time?.   More
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

Think Like an Irrigation Consultant


Irrigation
Irrigation is a proven revenue stream—no pun intended—for those in the landscape business. However, irrigation isn’t as simple as locating the water supply, tearing up the turf, laying pipes, attaching rotor heads, and accepting a hefty check as you ride off in your pickup into the summer sunset. To be an effective irrigation installer who provides an essential service—a service where one job leads to another and a reputation is made as well as money—you need to think like an irrigation consultant    More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012 Jeff Gottesfeld

Passing the Baton


Business Articles
In the landscape business, as in life, nothing is as simple as it seems. You work your tail off getting your business started in the hopes that it will earn you a comfortable living. Yet you find that with growth comes more staff, more equipment, and more headaches. You hope that your headaches will be offset by greater profitability. Then, as you settle in for the long haul, it’s still a constant challenge to run your business efficiently.   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Michael Stone

Power Attachments


Power Equipment
Not everywhere can be like Florida or california, where the grass grows green all year round. so in the history of landscape maintenance, winter has been known to cause hard times for contractors. some had turned to prayers to survive. some collected unemployment, saved money, signed up for an equal payment plan with customers, or took a vacation.   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Green Revolution


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
So many great things found their footing in Chicago, Illinois. Yet when the history of the Windy City is written, all may be forgotten in comparison with the most important landscape architecture innovation in recent memory: green roofs. There are now more than 350 of them in the city on the shores of Lake Michigan.   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Don't Get Mega-bit: Software You'll Actually Use


Business Articles
Talk to any old-timer landscape professional about the good old days, and he’ll tell you how the fledgling years of our industry were the best of times and the worst of times. They were the best of times in that opportunity was limitless. They were the worst of times in that business systems were in the dark ages   More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012 Ivan Jayson

Choosing Your Supply Store


Business Articles
In everything in life, there are amateurs, and there are professionals. Take golf, for instance. It’s a game that a lot of us in the green industry play (and often misplay!). Any amateur golfer can get himself outfitted at a sporting goods store. However, no serious golfer, let alone a PGA professional, would buy gear at a chain sporting goods store.   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Improving on $uccess


Business Articles
There is much to consider for a landscape contractor who realizes the dream of starting his or her own company. Among other attributes, it takes foresight and determination to find a formula for success, both initially and in the long run. Sometimes, it also takes a little outside help to truly optimize that success.   More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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