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How I Do It: Maintaining Employee Motivation

It’s natural for your employees to sometimes lose motivation, but it is your job as the company leader to step up and provide the right morale boost for your team. “It is our responsibility as leaders/coaches/managers to be aware of how our employees are feeling and intervene when we can to lift them up,” says […]

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How I Do It: The Business Case for Brine

If you offer snow and ice removal services during the winter months, chances are you’ve heard of contractors using brine. This tool has been touted as a solution to use less rock salt, but it has also been met with skepticism. Here to clear up some of the mysteries surrounding liquid brine are two companies […]

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How I Do It: Balancing Quality and Growth

If your company is growing considerably geographically, you might be considering opening another branch. Launching a new location may not be hard but maintaining the same level of quality can be a challenge without the proper procedures in place. Several companies who have spread their branches to different areas share tips on how to balance […]

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Business Smarts: Operating with Open-Book Management

Open-book management (OBM) is the philosophy that your company will perform better if you share the relevant finances of the company as a whole. By sharing this information with all your employees you can engage them more and build a loyal, informed team. “It’s a great way to make sure all your colleagues are committed […]

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Level Up: Belknap Landscape Company, Inc. Is Committed to Doing Things Right

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Belknap Landscape Company, Inc., based in Gilford, New Hampshire, is currently working toward reaching the $10 million revenue mark, which they feel might be their sweet spot. “We’ve always strived to be small enough that employees […]

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How I Do It: Bringing Arboriculture In-House or Subcontracting

If your company is looking at adding a tree care division to your operations a major question is should you have in-house arborists or subcontract with a tree care company? The answer depends on aspects such as your core company focus, your client base and your available capital. “Work to understand all the costs associated […]

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Business Smarts: Franchising as a Form of Growth

If you are wanting to grow your business, franchising your operations is one route to consider. This is a path that calls for careful consideration but can be the right fit for your company if it lines up with your goals. Questions to Ask There are many questions you need to ask to determine if […]

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Business Smarts: Operating as a Debt-Free Company

Debt is often a natural aspect of running your company, especially when you’re first getting started, but it is possible to operate as a debt-free landscape business. Lawn Butler, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has operated debt free since the company started, aside from two notes for larger equipment over their 20 years of business. “It’s […]

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Holiday Lighting and Decor Market Predictions

2020 has been a year with many unexpected twists and as the holidays approach, the pandemic is impacting companies differently when it comes to their holiday services. Residential Holiday Lighting Senske Services, based in Kennewick, Washington, which is a Christmas Décor franchisee, serves mostly residential clients, but they also do commercial spaces such as malls, […]

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Take Your Company to the Next Level with EOS

Linda Norman, owner of Unleashed Solutions, LLC, recently covered in a webinar how companies can implement the holistic business framework known as the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). EOS provides businesses with a complete set of simple tools and a roadmap to improve your business processes. This system is what Rossen Landscape uses at their company […]

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