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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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How to Get More Landscaping Customers: Powerful Tips from 2 Successful Companies

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Oct 23, 2018 11:22:14 AM

Do you feel as though despite your best efforts, you’re failing to get more landscaping customers or the wrong new ones? You might even feel as though you’ve dumped too much money into ineffective advertising time after time. Though you might be getting some return, it may not be what you had in mind when you began investing in landscaping marketing materials or efforts.

If you’re having some of these feelings, you’re not alone. Many landscape companies have told us that they’ve struggled in trying to figure out marketing for their landscaping business. Whether you’re a B2B or a B2C company, your goal is the same—getting more of the right landscaping customers. That’s why you want a marketing approach that really works.

At Include Software, we love sharing knowledge that we’ve learned if it can help landscape companies in any way. After all, this is the industry that we truly value.

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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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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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Managing Underperforming Employees at Your Landscaping Company

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Aug 15, 2018 8:51:06 AM

Do you feel as though your underperforming employees are dragging your landscape company down? If you do, you’re not alone. A survey performed by a leading staffing agency found that underperforming employees are a major concern in businesses across the country.

In the survey, respondents reported the managers at their companies spent an average of 17 percent of their time on underperforming employees. That’s nearly one day out of every week.

The problem is, managing underperforming employees is not only time consuming, it can also lead to a decline in morale among other employees. They may feel neglected or may even be influenced by the negative attitude of one or more of your underperformers.

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How to Hire a Landscaping Salesperson for a Goal-Crushing Team

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Jul 12, 2018 7:08:00 AM

When it comes to growing the revenue of your landscaping company, you’d like to see a goal-crushing sales team jump in and make things happen.

Of course, you may be tired of hiring the wrong people. You’ve been there before. You’ve hired a salesperson for landscaping and assumed they were going to do a great job only to find it didn’t work out. It shouldn’t be this hard to find a good fit. You’re likely tired of a high churn rate in your sales department and tired of spending money on candidates that didn’t ultimately work out.

You may want to know how to hire a salesperson that will truly be successful within your company.

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