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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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Navigating the New Landscape - Ways Your Business Can Survive & Thrive

Posted by Include Software on Jun 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

There’s no question that the coronavirus pandemic has made business challenging for many landscape business owners. Although our industry was lucky enough to ultimately be deemed “essential” across the country, when state shutdown orders first began, many were left scrambling to figure out where their business stood. And even though many continued to work, it meant following new protocols and adapting to a lot of changes. Office staff was required to work at home and many safety changes were made in the field.

It’s what many have been calling the “new normal.” 

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Are you Charging Enough for Labor?

Posted by Include Software on May 15, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Labor is a critical element of the profitability of your landscaping business. If you aren’t charging enough for labor, you’re going to hurt your bottom line. But how do you know if you’re falling short? 

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3 Metrics Every Landscaping Operations Manager Should Be Looking at on a Daily Basis

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Dec 24, 2019 7:59:00 AM

As a landscaping operations manager, you have a tough job simply based upon how much you oversee. You are the one that keeps the day-to-day “show” running and there are certainly times when that can feel like a lot. So often, you are the liaison between the crews, the office staff, and sales. Plus, you need to make sure that everything is operating smoothly with the schedule.

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4 Accountability Tips for a Healthy Landscaping Business

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Nov 5, 2019 7:34:00 AM

Accountability in the workplace is vital to any healthy and successful landscaping business—but it is not something that just happens. Instead, business owners must be incredibly intentional about creating and also supporting leadership positions in which team members are held accountable.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. We recognize that leadership accountability can be time-consuming and even difficult to implement, which is why we turned to Jason New, executive coach, speaker, and peer group facilitator with McFarlin Stanford, a management coaching and recruiting firm based in Dallas in order to find out some of his best tips. McFarlin Stanford believes that accountability is a key aspect of leadership that all landscape business owners should be paying attention to.

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How to Proactively Secure Snow Plowing Contracts for Your Landscape Company

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Sep 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

If you are not a snow-exclusive business and securing snow plowing contracts is not constantly on your mind, then you could fall into the trap of waiting until the last minute to start working on your snow sales. This happens to a lot of landscaping companies, so by no means are you alone. 

But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the ramifications.

The truth is, when you wait too long to plan for your snow season, you find yourself scrambling. You might not even be able to hire the right number of laborers or have all of the proper equipment lined up if you didn’t plan ahead. 

Fortunately, you can prevent a lot of headaches by starting the planning process now. 

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4 Signs You Need New Landscape Business Management Software at Your Landscaping Company

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Aug 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM

As the CEO, it is your responsibility to oversee your landscaping company as a whole and make sure that it’s running as best that it possibly can. In order to ensure that, you’ve likely implemented various tools over the years, including potential software solutions. But how do you know when the tools you’ve implemented are no longer enough?

How do you know when it’s time for new landscape business management software?

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Age and New Landscape Business Management Software Adoption: Some Surprising Revelations

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Jul 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Technology is part of our everyday lives—and becomes more so every day. From online shopping to using devices to remain informed or connect with others, technology is used daily and that’s no different for those age 50 and older. Over 90 percent of adults over 50 own a computer or laptop, 70 percent have a smartphone, and more than 40 percent own a tablet, according to a national study.

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6 Time-Saving Tips for Scheduling Landscaping Projects & Routes

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Jun 24, 2019 8:22:41 AM

Scheduling landscaping work can be one of the most tedious and time-consuming aspects of running a business. It can also be an area where efficiency can be lost if smart decisions aren’t made.

Losing 10 minutes here or there might not sound like a big deal but it can really start to add up over the course of a week. And as you know, when it comes to the landscaping industry, time is money.

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