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TAG: small business

Teleconference on attracting, hiring and retaining ‘rock star employees’

October 13, 2015By

In this free, one-hour teleconference for small business owners, learn “how to attract, hire and retain rock star employees without breaking the bank.” Certified Speaking Professional Mel Kleiman, president of Humetrics and LM contributor, is the featured speaker, as you learn how to face one of the biggest challenges in the industry. To reserve your spot for this free teleseminar email read more

The 99 percent

June 11, 2015By

Small business is difficult to define. What do you consider to be a small landscape company? A million dollars in annual revenue is a convenient benchmark because many entrepreneurs romanticize about making their first million. Others, anecdotally, peg $3 million as a better benchmark of “making it” in this industry because one can apparently get to $1 million or even... read more

Ep. 91: Landscape business basics

July 9, 2014By
Marcus vandeVliet

Even though many landscape contractors have been in business for five, 10 or even 20 years, they still overlook the fundamentals when it comes to running their businesses. This causes them to improperly price work, month after month and year after year, not knowing whether they made money or lost money until the end of the year. Whether you’re new... read more

Ep. 86: Estimating the right way

June 4, 2014By
Photo: Jim Huston

Have trouble estimating? Jim Huston will show you the right way. Some of the topics talked about include:     The six methods of estimating     Overhead budgets     Labor burdens and average wages     Time and Materials     Break-even points (BEP) and Gross & Net Profit Margins Huston has more than 35 years of diverse business management experience and holds... read more

Small business confidence sputters, NFIB says

July 9, 2013By

Small business optimism remained in tepid territory in June, as the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB’s) monthly Small Business Optimism Index dropped just under a point (0.9) and landed at 93.5, effectively ending any hope of a revival in confidence among job creators. Six of the ten Index components fell, two rose and two were unchanged. While job creation... read more

Choose a good accountant

February 22, 2013By

A good number cruncher is vital to your financial success. Should yours be an inside employee or an outside professional? Many small business owners don’t consider selecting an accountant to be a very important business decision. That can be a crucial mistake. I can tell you many stories in which my clients didn’t have the right accountant—and others in which... read more