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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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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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How and Why Employee Surveys Can Help Landscaping Companies Become More Profitable

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Oct 15, 2018 1:54:24 PM

Do your employees enjoy coming to work every day at your landscaping company? Do they feel supported in the role they’re in? Do they have any ideas for how operations can run more efficiently?

You might think that you know the answers to these questions, or others like them, but are you just relaying what you think or are you actually confident it’s what your employees would say, too.

There’s a way to know for sure—and it comes in the form of employee surveys.

Employee surveys are important because they allow you to get candid answers from your team instead of relying on your gut feelings about what they’d said or just hearing from the most outspoken voices within your company.

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Surveying Customers: What Every Landscaping Business Needs to Know (and Do)

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Oct 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM

What if you had a way that you could get inside of your customers’ heads and know exactly what they like—and dislike—about your landscaping business? It would give you the insight you require to make smart decisions and it would help you keep your customers’ best interests at heart.

The truth is, a tool like this already exists but it is grossly underutilized by many in the landscape industry—that being, customer surveys. Surveying your customers is an opportunity to gain meaningful insights from your landscaping customers that can drive actionable steps to improve your growth, retention, and profit.

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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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Selling Landscape Maintenance Contracts After Design Projects: Secrets from 2 Successful Companies

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Aug 30, 2018 7:02:00 AM

A key to securing ongoing and steady revenue for your landscaping company is developing an easy transition from design/build jobs into maintenance contracts. If you’re not converting the vast majority of your design/build contracts into landscape maintenance agreements, then you’re missing an incredibly valuable opportunity to boost your profitability and line up ongoing sales.

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