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Working Smarter, Not Harder

Throughout my 20+ years in the snow industry, I have always been curious about how other snow contractors were running their operations. I would drive by competitors’ yards and see what type of equipment they were using. I would drive around during snow events and watch how they completed snow removal during each type of snow event...

Free, Really Free

Did you ever notice that when something is promoted as being free, sometimes it’s not really free? Instead, there’s a catch, and free is only free in exchange for something else. If you’re turned off by bait-and-switch marketing tactics, I have some good news for you – news about something that is free. Really free...

These are a Few of my Favorite (Programs & Apps - Part 1)

Most landscapers are technicians, not techies. They’re gifted in working with their hands and creating beautiful landscapes. They’re usually not so interested in the latest gadgets and apps. (I know some still using a flip phone, for goodness sake!) But technology has provided a vast array of tools to help business owners and their staff operate faster, easier and more efficiently. I am a landscaper, not a techie. But I’ve embraced the technology available to landscape contractors because I’ve seen the difference it makes...

Reevaluating Employee Onboarding for 2019

New employees are frequently thrown into a new position in an industry they don’t fully understand without proper onboarding procedures. They’re offered minimal training with a brief overview or outdated orientation videos that don’t truly make a difference. This isn’t enough. Your onboarding process drastically affects your retention rate and employee success. Could you be using a better approach?...

Thoughts from the Bench

There’s a different perspective from the bench; one that needs to be understood by a coach, manager, and owner. I’ve been on the bench before more than once. I’ve also been “benched” – demoted from a starting position to “riding the pine,” as they say, and am able to speak from experience. If you are in a leadership role, this blog post is for you.

“Book Club For Landscapers?” How studying a business book with your team creates a great company culture.

One of the most effective ways to get your staff to “buy in” to the growth and culture of your company is to work through a book together. There are so many great business books that it’s hard to narrow it down to a few, but here are my favorite business books that would be great for group study...

End-of-Year Tax Tips

We are down to the last two months of the year. Do you know what your taxable income looks like for 2018? Have you maximized available deductions? Most business owners have no idea how much less they could be paying in taxes with a little strategic planning. The tax code is made for business owners! Here are some other ideas to consider...

These are a Few of My Favorite (Podcasts)

The popularity of podcasts is increasing. Not only are more people listening to podcasts, but they’re listening to more podcasts. The beauty of podcasts is their accessibility. They’re free, they’re available through many different apps and programs, and you can listen anywhere at any time. I enjoy listening to podcasts while I’m driving or walking the dog. My family listens together when we’re on road trips. (And it’s a great alternative to screen time.)