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TAG: costs

Lower fuel prices keeping costs in check

December 28, 2015By

Lower fuel prices help companies keep costs under control.  Most is quiet on the expenses front for landscape professionals. Although industry members expect an overall operating cost increase of 11 percent—on par with what they reported for last year—they seem to be at ease thanks to fuel price relief. “I bought gas today for $1.95,” says Steve Biernacki, general manager... read more

Bruce’s View: Support growth by lowering costs

February 17, 2015By

This year may well be a breakout. Economic indicators show a faster growth rate for business, credit markets are loosening up and data point to an increase in labor market momentum. With construction spending on the rise, more robust growth in landscape maintenance services is sure to follow. For landscape contractors, an increased demand in opportunities and account activity will... read more

Reducing costs, improving lives

August 1, 2013By

Research shows about 40 percent of all health care expenses in the U.S. stem from preventable chronic illnesses that are most often caused by three lifestyle choices: physical inactivity, poor diet and tobacco use, according to the Cleveland Clinic. At the same time, the Affordable Care Act is forcing employers’ hands to offer health care to all workers or pay... read more

Business Benchmarking: 10 tips to taking the offensive in 2010

December 1, 2009By

It’s time to shift your business focus from defense to offense. Reducing costs is essential, but the easy cuts already have been made. Additional cuts probably will slice into muscle and bone. And, as anyone can tell you, cost cutting isn’t motivational. Taking the offensive is much more uplifting. More than ever, revenue growth and cash management are essential to... read more

Business Benchmarking: Ensure your ’09 budget flies

December 1, 2008By

There are two rules for managing in a tough economy: Control the things you can control, and minimize the risks of things you cannot. You must do both. For example, you can control (increase or decrease) your costs. Your decisions drive this number. But you can only minimize the risks of revenue disruptions and/or revenue creation because your customers ultimately control these... read more