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Get Ready for Snow NOW

Posted by Include Software on Aug 27, 2020 10:00:00 AM

If snow management services are part of your business model, then it should never be too far from your mind.

Even though the warm weather can dramatically shift your focus, if you wait too long to plan for the snow season, you could risk hurting your winter revenue—something that is vital to keep many landscape businesses afloat in the off season.

We talked to Bret Achtenhagen, of Bret’s Achtenhagen’s Seasonal Services and

Richard Kuperus of Farmside Landscape & Design to find out how being proactive is the key to success in snow.

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Ready to Go Paperless?

Posted by Include Software on Jul 16, 2020 11:33:35 AM

Have you been thinking about going paperless? Besides being an eco-friendly option that will support your efforts of being a good steward of the environment, going paperless can also boost your efficiency tremendously. A lot of landscape businesses get bogged down by paperwork—whether it be sorting and filing incoming paperwork, sending outgoing paperwork like invoices, or even manually entering data from paper into a computer system. All of these take up time and labor.

Going paperless can help you eliminate wasted paper, cut costs, and ultimately streamline your operations. Plus, it is something that your team members and customers will appreciate.

If you’ve been pondering going paperless, here are a few considerations for you to keep in mind.

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How Creating an Upside Down Organization Makes Your Landscaping Company Come Out on Top

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on May 22, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The landscape industry is unique in the fact that its lowest paid employees have some of the greatest power in their respective companies. While they’re certainly not the ones making major business decisions, their actions can have a big impact on the overall success—or failure—of the business.  

Why?

Because laborers are the ones on the front line. In fact, they probably have more interaction with your customers than anyone else in your company. And that’s a big deal.

Put simply: The people at the bottom of your organizational chart are the ones that should be the best at representing your company. Regardless of your marketing efforts, your branding, and any other efforts you make to present a certain “image” of your company to the public, if you have crews that are dressed sloppy, are careless when they work, have poor interactions with your clients, and cause other issues, it’s going to negatively impact your business image.

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Implementing Green Industry Software with Spanish Speaking Crews

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Jun 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

According to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the landscape industry is comprised of 35% Hispanic workers. Many of the companies employing a Spanish-speaking workforce say that they still struggle with language barriers. They often utilize several bilingual employees to serve as translators for those employees that don’t speak any English at all.

While language can be a barrier in some aspects of business, particularly when it comes to interacting with clients or English-only speaking employees, there’s no reason to believe it has to be a barrier for everything. Despite that, we have found that landscape businesses with a lot of Spanish speaking employees are often hesitant to adopt green industry software. One of the biggest objections to adding landscape operations software is due to the fact that landscape business owners believe their Spanish-speaking workers will struggle with understanding the software and therefore it will go unused. 

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