Operate Your Landscape Business

Operate Your Business


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Most contractors in the green industry today fall into the broad category of an owner operator.  This means you not only have the challenges of owning a business but you also get to manage the day to day operations.  It is a big job but there are resources out there to help.

The sole purpose of this section is to provide you with resources to help you as a small business owner.  It is not intended to provide accounting, legal, or any other business advice, counsel and/or recommendations.  In fact, recognizing the need for a good accountant, lawyer, and/or advisor is a major step in maximizing your business opportunity.


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Understanding Gross Margin

Ignoring your financial statement is like ignoring the health of your business. Startups and new business owners often overlook understanding gross margin. This can have a direct impact on your ability to effectively manage a growing business, price your products, and most importantly, make a profit. Gross Margin Overview The gross margin represents the percent […]

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Your Business Benefits In More Than One Way From Recurring Revenue

As everyone knows, repeat customers are fabulous in any business…especially the landscape business! They give us predictability and peace of mind by providing recurring revenue and a steady cash flow. In fact, this is why so many of you zero in on customers like builders, property managers and real estate professionals and why you offer services like maintenance […]

Tip To Improve Cash Flow & Company Value

You already know that your company’s revenue and profits play a big role in the value of your landscape business but do you know the impact of cash flow and your landscape business valuation? Cash flow is different than profits in that it measures the cash coming in and out of your landscape business rather than […]

Tip To Improve Cash Flow & Company Value

You already know that your company’s revenue and profits play a big role in the value of your landscape business but do you know the impact of cash flow and your landscape business valuation? Cash flow is different than profits in that it measures the cash coming in and out of your landscape business rather than […]

Landscape Contractor Safety Resources

Landscape Contractor Safety Resources | Picture by Pixabay Landscape Contractor Safety Resources There is a lot of great information on the internet for landscape professionals to use, the problem is it takes some digging around to find great resources. Landscape Today strives to find and consolidate industry links that would benefit landscape professionals. While this […]

Safety Tips On PVC Pipe Systems

While safety is an area we all focus on in the landscape and irrigation industry, some areas need an occasional reminder. PVC piping systems and the solvent weld process fit into this category. Weld-On, a leader in the irrigation glue and accessory market, offers some great safety resources and tips (see below). For more information […]

6 Ways to Avoid the Dreaded Bad Hire

Here is a really good quick read from Entrepreneur magazine as it relates to on boarding new employees to your business. Turnover and poor performers can suck your business dry fast! Even though there is a lot of seasonal turn over in the landscape industry the six factors the author covers in this article are […]

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It All Starts with Training

Well-trained employees are the backbone of any good business, and as an industry loaded with owner operators, this includes owners. As an industry going through a lot of changes in products and practices, training is more important today than ever. Topics like drought tolerant, indigenous, sustainability, smart irrigation, low impact, permeable pavers, and more, dominate the […]

Detroit Area Landscape Professional Gains ISO 9001/SN9001 Certification

Troy Clogg Landscape Associates Certified in ISO 9001/SN9001 Wixom, MI—November 24, 2015—Troy Clogg Landscape Associates, a renowned metro Detroit snow removal and landscaping company, announced today it has been certified in the ISO 9001/SN9001 standard from the Smithers Quality Assessment for superior quality management services in the snow and ice management industry. The certification is […]

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Why Landscape Businesses Fail

The reasons were, in this order, self-reliance, drive-by estimating, operational inefficiencies, lack of repeat customers, and an inability to replicate a profitable business model. The article also pointed out that only 15% of the small businesses (SMB) survive beyond their first five years. While this statistic is sobering, it really is not a surprise. Also, knowing this industry and the fact this article was coming from someone selling a time tested franchise system, U.S. Lawns, the article ultimately inspired some deeper research into why small businesses fail.

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A Developmental Approach to Time Management

“Time and tide wait on no man” as the saying goes. Not only is it painfully true but it is the ultimate motivation behind the discipline of time management. The discipline of time management is one of the hardest and most important we face in life.  Those that do work on it and make progress will […]

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Time Management

What a great quote and how logical and easy it appears.  However, in reality it is one of the hardest things we face in life and many brilliant people have dedicated their lives to help us here.  Think of Steven Covey and two of his seminal works, “Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People” and “Putting First Things First”.   […]