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How Much Hardware Will I Need in the Future?

 

Management Tips - Simple Answers

This is the second in a series. Read Part 1 here.

You won’t need to spend as much as you did in the old days. Certainly hardware is important and expensive, but the need to buy, update and maintain your own servers will be far less in the [...]

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Who's Driving Your Software Purchase Decisions?

Remember using these? If you do, you might not be the best person to make your company's software decisions.

If you want to recruit top employees, you need to take a hard look at the software you’re using. Potential employees will elect to work for companies that provide the [...]

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Winning - And Why We Play to Win

With the 2018 Winter Olympics fast approaching, we're reminded of the cornerstone of competition: we play to win. This seems like a simple idea, but it's often misunderstood. The point of any game is to win. 

“But Kevin, what about ‘It’s not whether you win or lose, but how [...]

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How Does Software Help My Landscaping Business? Ask Lombardi & McDonalds.

There are more than 90,000 landscape maintenance, snow and construction businesses in the US and Canada. Less than 10 percent ever grow larger than $1,000,000 in annual revenue. There’s no crime in that, as there is no requirement to be “bigger.” Many contractors like to [...]

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Profit Management - Doing the Math: Part 7

Think about this: The decisions your employees make every day create transactions that can be – and are accounted for – on your Profit & Loss Statement (P&L). The challenge for you and for them is that these results can’t easily be “seen” or appreciated. This also means they [...]

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Forecast Management - Doing the Math Part 6

Managing future risk and people are essential to business success. That’s why Doing the Math is so important. To accomplish this, you want to build a culture that does more than react – one that looks forward in preparation. You can do this using a combination of landscape [...]

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Customer Management - Doing the Math Part 5

It's one thing to have a solid sales strategy, but what happens after that? RETAINING your clients is key to making money.

My analysis of landscape and snow contractor profitability – based on 23 years as a consultant – demonstrates that retention of profitable customers is [...]

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Sales Management - Doing the Math Part 4

Picture this: Your Monday morning sales meeting:

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Budgeting: Doing the Math Part 2

To make money, you must manage effectively. To manage effectively, you need to employ a cascading reporting structure that starts at the top of your company (big picture) and drills down to the bottom (little picture). There is no other way to maximize visibility and [...]

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Reporting: Doing the Math, Part 1

This is the first in a multi-part series about the importance of business calculations and reporting in the green/snow industries.

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