Business Planner 2013

How to better manage your time

October 23, 2012By

Many business owners, executives and managers struggle to manage their time well. Despite their best efforts, they’re unable to stay on top of everything coming their way. Some even have trouble deciding what to do, what not to do and when to do it. Most busy people have tried various time management or organizational systems. Some have given up because... read more

How to understand SEO

October 23, 2012By

Search engine optimization (SEO) seems like such a dirty term, yet it has a tantalizing, almost magical, aura about it. SEO doesn’t require a degree in rocket science, but it requires a basic understanding of how search engines work and a healthy dose of common sense. SEO isn’t easy. An ongoing effort is required to rank consistently in the search... read more

How to overcome exit-planning myths

October 23, 2012By

Have you heard the phrase timing is everything? It’s difficult to make money these days, which are different compared to five or 10 years ago. The economy, immigration reform, fuel costs, taxes, Obamacare and pricing competition keep companies guessing and on their toes. So, what’s your plan? Do you have an exit strategy? Do you have an operating strategy that... read more

How to sell sincerely

October 14, 2012By

I remember a conversation I had with a friend who worked as a project manager for a large commercial real estate development company. The name of a particular landscape company came up and my friend became apoplectic: “Oh! Those guys suck! I just had them on one of my projects. Hate ‘em! They were a pain in the ass every... read more

How to prepare Latinos for leadership

October 12, 2012By

It’s no secret the Hispanic workforce has become an integral part of success for many lawn care and landscape companies. A recent study published by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce declared the lawn care and landscape industry as key to the economic and entrepreneurial development of the Hispanic community in the U.S., and the numbers are staggering. Latinos represent... read more

How to build a company that runs itself

October 12, 2012By

Are you ready for the good life—by handing off the reins of your business? It requires making a three-step transition from full-time and overworked owner-operator, to professional manager, to partly or fully retired owner enjoying the fruits of your labor. To achieve the dream of more discretionary time and money, you have to make eight personal shifts in how you... read more