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The Secret to Scaling Snow Operations

If you want to really scale your snow operations, the best kept “secret” is to utilize subcontractors. But there is a right way and a wrong way to accomplish this task. Instead of spending tens of thousands on equipment and pointlessly trying to hire more labor, let me share with you how to subcontract your problems away and still profit this season. The first key...

Does your Rental Property Income Get the 199A Deduction?

Many business owners own one or more rental properties. Since the new tax laws went into effect in 2018, landlords have been wondering if their rental property income qualifies as a trade or business for the purposes of the 20% deduction. Last week, the IRS finally issued some additional guidelines to help landlords know how to qualify for the deduction...

You’re a Fake!

For many people, there is a small voice in our heads telling us that we’re not good enough, we’re not smart enough, and that sooner or later the world will discover that we’re just faking it. We have everyone fooled to think we have it all figured out, but we know we don’t. It’s only a matter of time. This condition is so common it has an official name...

The Key to Making $80 Billion

Warren Buffet, the third wealthiest person in the world, is worth $80.8 billion. What’s his secret? He spends 80% of his day doing a single activity that he credits for his phenomenal success. Buffet says, “I just sit in my office and…

5 Common Landscape Pest Problems

Protecting client properties from pest problems is one of the most important jobs a landscape professional has. Your customers look to you to be the expert on all things landscape and to bring problems to their attention proactively. Few situations are worse than getting a phone call from a customer about a plant that has died and hearing them ask “Why didn’t you tell me the plant was dying?”...

Ready, Set, Fail

For employers, it’s never been more important for newly-hired people to be successful since failure equates to starting over in a very tough recruiting environment. Yet, many employers continue to struggle with retention. A big part of this has to do with a lack of clarity surrounding the employee’s roles, tasks, and goals...

Learn, Connect, and Grow (for Free!)

The “must-attend” education event for landscape and lawn care professionals is coming up October 15-18 at the LANDSCAPES 2019 show taking place at GIE+EXPO in Louisville. Here at GrowTheBench, we believe so strongly in education that we want to send you for free! Here’s the details…

How Tall Are Your Impatiens?

If you’re not a horticulturalist, Impatiens are garden flowers that grow profusely in the right conditions but perform terribly in the wrong environment. Most plants are this way but Impatiens take it to the extreme, making for a great analogy of how the same person may fail miserably at one company but be a superstar at the next company. It’s not the person or the plant, it’s the conditions they are thrust into...

Reacting to $15 Minimum Wage

Last month, the House passed a bill to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 by 2025.  Considering that labor is the single highest cost for landscaping and snow removal companies, a proposed doubling of that cost should terrify owners.  Of course, some companies already know exactly how to thrive in the coming job market because they have a plan...

Back to Basics

August double sessions were brutal. While my neighborhood buddies were leisurely enjoying the dog days of summer, I was riding my bike up to school for football practice twice a day. If you played football growing up, you can relate. The sacrifice was real...

The Secret to Super Growth

Do you ever wonder why some businesses tend to grow extremely quickly and others stay relatively the same size over years or decades?  In my experience, there is one thing that every business which experiences “Super Growth” always does.  It doesn’t involve significant investments, unique knowledge, or even extreme talent.  In fact, anyone could be improving just as rapidly…

Should you Hire Your Spouse?

I was on the phone the other day with my client’s CPA discussing some tax deductions I felt the client could be taking. It was a productive discussion, and we found several ways to save our mutual client thousands of dollars per year in taxes. As we discussed shifting income to the kids, however, the question came up as to whether or not the business owner should add his spouse to payroll...

My Secret to Success

Last month at the SIMA Symposium, I was asked to present in their “Life and Leadership Series” about my accomplishments growing Case Snow to a $42+ Million business in 7 years, retiring and traveling the world for two months, and starting two business at the same time.  I was honored, but then began to reflect on what my real secret to success actually is.  Here’s what I discovered…