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3 Key Business Trends Landscape CEOs Will Focus on in 2020

At the CEOs Unplugged panel at NALP’s Leaders Forum in January, six of the lawn and landscape industry’s top CEOs shared business advice with an audience of more than 200 other industry professionals. One question dove into what CEOs will focus on for business improvement in 2020. They highlighted three key business trends. Business Trends […]

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How to Fix Your Landscape Business Cash Flow Issues

What’s the life blood of any lawn and landscape business? Cash flow. You use the money that comes in from customers or other means to buy equipment, and pay expenses and employees. Of course, you want positive cash flow, which allows you to make new investments, such as hiring more employees or opening another location. […]

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Meet NALP’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Neil Bales of LandPatterns

Before Neil Bales became NALP’s 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, he was following in his older brother’s footsteps at the prospect of working together. Though his brother eventually went into ministry, Bales says he knew he’d found home in the green industry. Most of all, he’s been inspired by the people—including not only clients […]

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Top 10 Stories of 2019

NALP strives to help its members better run their lawn and landscape businesses. We want to grow your professionalism, as well as industry professionalism. So we publish weekly stories about how you can best tackle employee and business issues. The information we share comes from industry experts and your fellow member companies. To celebrate the […]

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What does it mean to you to be an NALP member?

What does it mean to you to be an NALP member? Every time we do a member story, you tell us. And, quite frankly, your answers make us smile. We take great pride supporting our members throughout the year–whether it’s by offering peer networking or mentoring opportunities, educational events and webinars, insightful blog and magazine […]

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How to Streamline Your Payroll Process

People are your greatest asset—and your people need to get paid. You have some decisions to make to make the payroll process go smoothly. First, how will you keep track of employees’ time so hourly workers are compensated fairly (and accurately)? How often will you pay employees? And, will you use a payroll service or […]

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Get Organized! What a Landscape Company Org Chart Should Look Like

A landscape company org chart helps assign responsibility and accountability to your employees. It establishes a personnel framework with levels of oversight. You should write a job description for every position on the organizational chart. As we addressed in Aligning Your Organization, create a future organizational chart that includes positions you’ll need as you grow. This […]

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Meet NALP Trailblazer Skip Thompson of Tidewater Landscape Management

Working in the food industry and dealing with crazy hours and a young son at home, Skip Thompson of Tidewater Landscape Management actually found his way to the lawn and landscape industry in order to be able to obtain more manageable hours. He started at a golf course making minimum wage and filling sand traps […]

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Meet NALP Trailblazer Christopher Brown of Teed & Brown Lawn Care

Christopher Brown’s start in the industry began as a summer job working on a golf course. He loved being outdoors in the fresh air. That and his fascination with grass maintenance science lead him to pursue a turfgrass science degree from Penn State. Though he imagined he’d wind up back in the golf course industry […]

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7 Ways Landscape Pros Stay Motivated on Monday Morning

You wake up with a sinking feeling in your stomach. It ranges from light sadness all the way to what some describe as “crippling dread.” You seek the scent and jolt only that liquid gold drink called coffee provides. Empty greetings and blank stares greet you as you wander aimlessly through your morning rituals. You […]

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