TAG: business tips

Sequence your jobs

July 17, 2018By

It’s essential to identify and create an efficient workflow. Job sequencing is essential to efficient landscape operations, especially maintenance. After each visit, a customer expects an attractive, complete job; hence, you need an organized, sequential approach to achieving a quality service. Job sequencing is the arrangement of the task to be performed or processed in a particular order. Simply put,... read more

Tips for managing your data

April 10, 2018By

Data is the building block of scientific research, which is why it’s useful for backing up claims. Data also is a resource that becomes more valuable as it becomes smarter. Your data systems can work day and night without bathroom breaks, gaining insights about your business. You just have to plan for it. People assume Amazon.com revolutionized retail by accelerating... read more

Hire the right people

February 27, 2018By and
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Determine a candidate’s strengths and empower employees for success. Doesn’t every new hire result in a better crew that produces better-than-current results? Well, not really. Our experience has shown that more than half the time, a new hire doesn’t work out. However, we know that by following a hiring process, we can reduce that percentage and have happier employees that... read more

Leading: Growth matters

November 30, 2017By

Growth for the sake of growth is not a worthy goal. But growth matters, and I’ll share some reasons why with you. If a tree isn’t growing, something is wrong; it could be the soil conditions, nutrition, disease, improper planting or something else. If you’re an arborist, you’re going to evaluate both the tree and the site and then make... read more

The secret to Trader Joe’s success—and how landscape pros can do the same

November 14, 2017By

Doug Rauch retired as president of Trader Joe’s nearly a decade ago. But there’s still one question he gets more than any other: “What’s the secret to Trader Joe’s success?” Rauch reels at the question, because, as he said, “Trader Joe’s tells the world how they do things.” The grocery store started as a 7-Eleven convenience store “knockoff,” grew to... read more

Web Extra: Tax-planning strategies

November 8, 2017By

In his November 2017 column about yearend tax-planning strategies, Dan Gordon summed up tax planning in four words: “Postpone income; accelerate deductions.” Here are his suggestions to do just that. Strategies to postpone income include: Pushing a large job from this year to next, if there is flexibility with the customer; Pushing the sale of a gain-generating asset into the... read more