Business

How to prep for tax season

December 2, 2019By
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Filing taxes. No one really likes it, but, year after year, it’s an unavoidable task. For landscape business owners, being prepared with the right information and a savvy adviser can lessen the stress of tax season. Dan Gordon, CPA and owner of Turf Books, a green industry accounting and bookkeeping firm based in Newton, N.J., says it’s a good idea... read more

6 components of change management

November 15, 2019By

As landscape industry consultants, my team and I are typically engaged for a few reasons. Either clients are having trouble breaking through some growth barrier, not making enough money or just not having any fun. Sometimes all three. At Envisor, we’re always looking for the root cause to these challenges. As we identify the root cause of the problems, we... read more

Section 199A: Tax reform’s gift to small businesses

November 15, 2019By
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Section 199A, passed as part of the December 2017 tax reform, gives many small business owners a deduction determined with respect to their qualified business income (QBI). Generally, QBI is domestic income from a trade or business received by a sole proprietor or by an individual from a flow-through business (a partnership, LLC, S corporation, trust or estate). Why would... read more

Five-star service: An overlooked differentiator

October 22, 2019By

In this go-go economy, many business owners today struggle to provide excellent customer service. Their service is inconsistent and reactionary, and it will ultimately harm their business. The root of the problem is the false belief that excellent service is a luxury they can sacrifice: choosing short-term profit over sustainable growth. The next recession will remind everyone of the enormity... read more

Jobber launches tools to help landscape pros connect with customers

September 23, 2019By

Jobber, a provider of home service management software, launched several new features including online booking, automated customer quote follow-ups, integrations with marketing automation platform Mailchimp and online task automation tool Zapier. These new integrations and features are offered as part of Jobber’s Grow plan, available in monthly and annual subscriptions. “With our new automated features, owners of lawn care and landscaping companies... read more

How to tell if your numbers add up

September 18, 2019By
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In his monthly column, Marty Grunder explains why it's important for landscape professionals to understand the financial side of their business. read more