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TAG: National Federation of Independent Business

Industry overview: Ahead of the curve

October 10, 2013By

Landscape industry professionals are feeling positive. Despite challenges, the industry is out front of other small businesses when it comes to optimism. Optimism among landscape professionals about the state of the Green Industry is better than expected this year, despite some uncertainty. When asked for last year’s Landscape Management Industry Pulse report, “What’s your 2013 business outlook?”, 69 percent of... read more

Small business growth slowed in March, NFIB Index shows

April 9, 2013By

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has reported that three months of sustained growth has ended with the March NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism. Figures show the March Index declined 1.3 points, landing at 89.5. In the 44 months of economic expansion since the beginning of July 2009, the Index has averaged 90.7, putting the March reading below... read more

The bad and not so bad of hiring today

October 1, 2010By

While applicants abound, contractors learn to hire smarter, control costs and build their management teams.   In Landscape Management’s survey results and contractor interviews, there is one thing that was fairly unanimous: No one is having a problem with hiring today. But that also depends how you define “problem.” While contractors are receiving an unprecedented amount of applications for open... read more

Spend smart

October 1, 2010By

Landscapers avoid frivolous spending and focus on efficiency and vendor relations.   When it came to keeping crews outfitted with the right equipment to get the job done in 2010, landscapers on average maintained last year’s spending. The National Federation of Independent Business calls it being in “maintenance mode,” replacing vehicles or equipment only as needed. To carry this out,... read more

Surviving the ‘Undercutters’

October 1, 2010By

Contractors fight lowballers in a battle for core business.   What’s the biggest obstacle to growth today for the average landscape contractor? Certainly, the prolonged recession comes to mind for most contractors, as that tops Landscape Management readers’ list of top success blockers. But a mere fraction of a percentage point behind sits lowball/underpricing competitors. Giuseppe Baldi calls them “the undercutters.”... read more