What I’m Reading Wednesday: A sad story about a “no-show landscaper”

December 18, 2013 -  By

This week, “What I’m Reading Wednesday” is more about what I watched earlier today. This story about “no-show landscaper” David Roskiewicz and his company, Rosko Outdoor Services in Grand Rapids, Mich., is one that has no doubt occurred countless times in the landscape industry. You’ve seen these companies come and go. You’ve cleaned up their messes and comforted their former clients. It’s enough to make you angry, isn’t it? Still, I have sympathy for the business owner as a human being, I wish him and his family well and I truly hope he makes good on his promise to “make it right.”

It’s no secret there are many Green Industry companies that struggle with some of the same financial problems as Rosko, whether it’s making payroll, managing cash flow or getting out of debt. For that reason, I’ve unearthed a few articles this week specifically to help owners struggling to pay their bills.

“When a New Business Can’t Pay Its Bills”
Bloomberg Businessweek

“Managing Small Business Cash Flow – Answers to 10 Commonly Asked Questions”
Don’t miss the cash-flow template from SCORE, linked in this story (downloadable as an Excel doc).

“Struggling to Pay Employees? 6 Tips that Will Help You Make Payroll On-Time”



Marisa Palmieri

About the Author:

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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