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Business Planner 2014

What should I be doing to grow my business?

October 11, 2013By

Talk to your customers to develop more intimate relationships with them, teach them what you know about your business and work together to create what hasn’t been done. There was a time when a business could grow on the merits of quality products and service alone, but that’s not nearly enough these days. In this trust economy, every business has... read more

Should I open our books?

October 11, 2013By

An open-book management style that includes employees from every aspect of a business can improve its scope and take in the big picture. Most importantly, planning allows employees to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the overall business. Weed Man’s business plan, a blueprint for continued success, covers the company description and mission, details about the marketplace, sales and... read more

How many support staff do I need?

October 11, 2013By

I’m continually surprised and amazed by the lack of continuity in the amount of support staff per dollars of revenue among landscape business owners. It ranges from two people per $5 million to one person per $1 million. Notwithstanding the differences between design/build and maintenance, it seems there should be a standard correlation between support staff and revenue. So what’s... read more

What’s the ROI for efficiency training?

October 11, 2013By

The return on investment for efficiency training obviously depends on the efficiency of your operation. As a rule, there’s always room for improvement. So many times we tend to do things a certain way, but if we were asked why we do something this way, the answer would be something like, “Because we’ve always done it that way.” The definition... read more

How do I improve my cash flow?

October 11, 2013By

\Almost every business monitors cash closely, and they all seem to have their own systems. The following are 10 ways to help you improve cash flow in your business. 1. Monitor your cash on hand. This includes money that has come in and might not have been entered in the accounting system yet, as well as payments that haven’t cleared... read more

What if I get audited?

October 11, 2013By

All land care professionals need to maintain accurate financial records. The most obvious reasons for doing so is to assess the results of operations against past periods, analyze current budgets or to formulate future projections. Moreover, for ownership and management, this is an internal need to monitor and improve the business. Yet there’s an external partner in your business needing... read more