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TAG: Landscape Business

Knowify offers free trial for landscaping business tools

February 17, 2015By

Knowify, a business management company, is offering its customers a free trial of its landscaping business management tools. According to the company, the tools allow users to run their businesses better, faster and smarter. Using the tools, land care operators can set up one-time or recurring services agreements, as well as schedule crews and invoice clients. Integrated modules also allow... read more

Lost and found: Be willing to ask for help … and use common sense

April 11, 2013By

A few years ago, I lost our son Jamie while I was looking for a new pair of jeans at a JC Penney store. After organizing a search party comprising just one increasingly frantic father, I decided the best course of action was to run around the department store like a mad man. Failing to uncover a single trace of... read more

Add-On Biz: Swept away

December 20, 2012By

Parking lot sweeping can boost commercial maintenance work. When Wixom, Mich.-based Bell’s Landscape Services started handling the maintenance work for shopping centers that also needed regular parking lot sweeping, it decided to look into offering the service itself. A hefty investment later, the company is doing regular sweeping jobs and has found it to be a successful add-on service. Adding... read more

My Biggest Mistake: Michael Thackrey

December 20, 2012By

Rapid growth without a clear business plan has been a difficult road to navigate for one Florida company. Fast growth sounds more like a blessing than a curse, but the truth is, growing too quickly can sink a business. That’s why Michael Thackrey and his business partner, Chris Eastman, have strived to control their company’s rapid growth. They don’t want... read more

Focus on your supply chain

November 17, 2012By

The payoff will be reduced waste and improved productivity. Landscape Industry managers typically focus on activities such as purchasing, delivery and construction. They spend little time trying to understand the interaction between all parts of the production process. That’s where Supply Chain Management (SCM) comes into play. SCM is a system designed to promote organization between the various areas of... read more

My Biggest Mistake: Franz Witte

July 8, 2012By

A landscape business owner says he should have embraced taking risks. Risk taking often is a necessity when business owners want to get ahead. But for Franz Witte, owner of Franz Witte Landscape Contracting Inc., a rocky market in 1980 and 1981 paralyzed his business. He was afraid to take a risk, and that cost him. “I was struggling to... read more