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How to Create Great Relationships with Landscape Material Vendors (and Save a Ton of Aggravation)

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Mar 26, 2019 7:01:00 AM

When it comes to your landscape business, efficiency is everything. You’re likely always looking for different ways that you can be more productive and efficient while reducing hold-ups and hassles that slow your business down. You may have refined everything from your routes to the way that you handle invoicing, constantly looking to be better.

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Exploring ACH and Credit Cards for Your Landscaping Business: Options, Fees, and More

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Feb 14, 2019 7:03:00 AM

Getting paid is obviously a key part of doing business. But exactly how you get paid may be more of a point of confusion and concern than ever before. After all, if you’ve been in business for a long time then you may still be operating under the notion that payments are best made in the form of cash or check. However, both of these forms of payment are falling out of favor with many consumers who are using other ways to pay merchants and service providers in other areas of their daily life.

You might be wondering, is it time to explore new payment options for your landscaping business?

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Tips on Growing a Landscape Business: Where and How to Find the Best Profit Centers

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Jan 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Do you feel as though you’re aimlessly chasing after growth through your company’s profit centers? Or, are you making smart and calculated decisions when it comes to which profit centers to put the focus on? Hopefully, it’s the latter. Growing a landscape business in a healthy manner is not something that can be achieved haphazardly. In fact, business experts say that growth without a plan can be a recipe for disaster.

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6 Essential Year-End Reports Every Landscaping Business Needs to Run

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Jan 8, 2019 7:17:00 AM

If you’re stressing about running reports to evaluate your past year of business, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon for owners to feel intimidated about pulling reports for their landscaping business. It might feel like an arduous task and on top of that, you probably don’t have a lot of free time to do it. For this reason, you may be putting it off.

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The Power of Peer Groups with Common Landscape Business Management Software

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Dec 17, 2018 8:13:50 AM

Landscape peer groups can be an incredibly powerful tool. In many ways, they allow business owners to get a “glimpse into the future.” As part of a peer group, the opportunity to chat with business owners who have already been through some of the same experiences (or challenges) you might be facing, can allow you to make better decisions.  

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Landscaping Sales Commission: Rates, Models, and Tracking Methods

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Sep 20, 2018 12:08:44 PM

You have the freedom to choose how you wish to structure your landscaping sales commission rates and salaries. Of course, you want to choose a model that will work best for your company (and its profitability) while also motivating your landscaping salespeople to perform their best.

There’s obviously a lot at stake to set this up right. After all, you want to inspire your salespeople to work hard and sell more work while also attracting new, highly-motivated salespeople to your company. But you don’t want to overpay—or make payment errors—that could hurt your bottom line or disenfranchise your salespeople if they found out they somehow were compensated incorrectly.

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Should We Add (or Change) Landscaping Business Management Software When Business is Booming?

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Sep 19, 2018 10:41:27 AM

How many times have you heard someone use the expression change is hard? It gets thrown around all of the time in business—admittedly for good reason. Change really is hard, the main reason for which is because it requires work.

While change is always hard to some degree, the truth is, it’s hardest when it will result in long-term benefits rather than short-term ones. It’s more difficult for business owners to make changes when the reward will not be immediate because it means muddling through some tough times first. It’s also particularly hard when business is booming and the need for change seems almost unnecessary—at least for the time being. There is an inclination to want to put off changes rather than focus on them today.

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8 Worst Field Mistakes that Will Kill Your Landscaping Profit Margin

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Jul 18, 2018 11:10:36 AM

What your crew members are doing (and how efficient they’re being) can make all the difference in terms of how profitable your landscaping business is. Unfortunately, field workers often make blunders that can have a negative impact on profit.

If you’re worried that your crews are experiencing problems—maybe even some you’re not aware of—then you’d probably like to know what they are and how you can avoid them. So often these errors turn out to be happening right under a business owner’s nose and he or she had no idea.

Here are 8 of the worst field mistakes that you should be on the lookout for:

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Is Your Landscaping Equipment Costing You More to Maintain Than It’s Worth?

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on May 17, 2018 10:57:04 AM

Do you find that your landscaping equipment is costly to maintain? While most landscape business owners recognize that their equipment maintenance costs are high, they might be unsure as to exactly what they’re investing in it. That may be the case for you. In fact, you might even be wondering: Is this equipment costing more to maintain than it’s worth?

If you feel like you make decisions on equipment maintenance more on emotion rather than good business sense, then it’s an issue that requires further exploration. You may even feel as though you are unaware of just how big your equipment costs are and whether or not they’re hurting your profitability.

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Green Industry Embezzlement: How Landscaping Accounting Software Either Helps or Hinders

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on May 8, 2018 8:34:46 AM

The possibility of employees stealing company money is something that most landscape business owners don’t want to think about. It’s one of those things that make a lot of people say that could never happen to me.

But the fact is, it happens more than most people realize. It’s estimated that workplace crime costs U.S. businesses as much as $50 billion a year. And research shows that on any given day as many as one in four businesses are being embezzled.

While most embezzlement cases do occur in the financial services field, every industry is at risk. And that certainly includes landscape businesses.

Just consider this one real-life case for example.

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