landscape business planning

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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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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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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3 Plans — Plus a Business Plan — You Need to Best Run Your Landscape Business

When you run your business according to a business plan that outlines a “career path” for your organization, you stay focused on goals and objectives. This is key because it’s easy to let daily operations and mini-crises that crop up during any given week distract you. From managing employees to selling new accounts and buying […]

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The Must-Have Components in a Workable Landscape Business Plan

You’re beyond the plan-on-a-napkin stage. It’s time to create your first business plan, or take one you already have in play to the next level. So, what now? How will you advance your planning approach so you can dig deeper into the business and get better results? As your business changes, so does the need […]

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What Will the Landscape Company of the Future Look Like?

There are three kinds of thinking: inside the box, outside the box and no box. This according to Michael Hostetler, who specializes in teaching strategy, decision-making, leadership, innovation and change management in the MBA program at Cornell University. He spoke at the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Leadership Academy, conducted in partnership with Cornell University’s […]

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Which 2019 Garden Trend Will Improve Your Business?

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are living among the “Indoor Generation.” What does this mean? It means 90 percent of people worldwide (yes, 90 percent) spend nearly 22 hours a day inside without enough daylight or fresh air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. In A YouGov study, […]

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Year–End Review Tips for Landscape and Lawn Care Companies

NALP consultant member, Monica Muir of Muir & Associates, LLC, provides some good guidance about how to conduct a year-end review. While the year’s not over yet, you probably have a somewhat good idea of your year-end numbers.  As you look back over your year, take the time to list what worked – and what […]

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