At the beginning of the partnership, take a moment to step back and think logically. Ask your partner what you’ll need to do if you decide to undo this partnership. Decide who will owe money, who they’ll owe the money to, and how much they’ll owe so that you can dissolve the partnership.
If you’re unfamiliar with H-2B labor, it’s a visa that you can get to bring in foreign workers to do seasonal temporary work that American workers don’t want to do.
You’ve probably heard quite a lot about this on the news, especially since we’re coming off of the holiday season. However, for this industry, our busiest time is coming soon.
How can you tell when an employee has maxed out? Learning your employees’ limits I thought a lot about this many years ago, and this little scenario came to mind. Let’s say I hire a brand new employee into my company. I go to them and ask them to go […]
No matter what, you should always be thinking about your exit strategy.
Considering the pros and cons of surcharges; yes, you make more money, especially with something like fuel. It’s obvious, it’s public, people drive past the gas station, and they see the price. It’s an understandable expense that you could probably get away with adding to a bill.
On the other hand, creating customer loyalty can’t be undervalued. Creating a nice, even, and boring business has a lot to be said for it.
You’ve probably noticed if you’ve been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. Here’s how to use CLIP to pay with Piecework.
Last week we introduced you to Piecework, or if you’ve been around a while, refreshed your memory. This week we’re going to talk about how CLIP helps you pay with Piecework. You’ve probably noticed if you’ve been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. You have a […]
If you’re like most landscape companies, especially this year, labor is hard to find. And motivating your employees to do that labor is even harder sometimes. Piecework can help make motivation a non-issue. We wrote a book on piecework and all of this information and a lot more it’s in […]
We’re just about ready to get into winter time. Now is the time when most people sit down and say “Hmm, I should have made more money last year and I didn’t.” One way to make more money is to raise your lawn service prices, right? If everybody pays more, boom, […]
CLIP Lawncare And The Shrinking Effects Of H-2B Recently an “old time” customer asked me how CLIP Lawn Care, LLC in Maryland was doing. I responded, “Terrible!”. It has been a very hard year and a half. Right before the elections in 2016, Congress neglected to pass the “Returning Worker […]
Being born in 1960 places me close to 60 years old. At this point, I know that I will not be able to run my companies forever. In fact “the end is near” as they say, and I wonder if the light at the end of the tunnel is an […]
There are only so many decisions you can make. Have you ever been “worn out” from making decisions? Have you ever felt exhausted from having to think about things over and over? The solution is likely delegation. It is a fact that we can only handle so many decisions in […]
When I worked as a lawn care business’ crew manager, my guys would take 2 hours just to get their trucks ready and leave the shop. And when they finally started, they still made their regular stop at 7-11 for coffee plus random breaks throughout the day — all while […]
How To Determine Which Customers To Raise Lawn Care Prices For Last month we talked about how raising lawn care prices can actually hurt your bottom line by causing your customers to get new bids which leaves you possibly losing your most profitable properties and keeping the worst ones. You might […]
Most consultants and lawn care business blogs will tell you to raise lawn care prices every year. It makes sense on paper, if I raise my prices by 5%, I should get 5% more revenue, and since my costs don’t change, I should be able to see 5% more on […]
Late Employees We had this problem for many years back when I was managing crews at Lawn Wright. With 12 crews to get out (over 30 employees) and servicing over 600 clients a week, it was important to get the guys out the door as early as possible. We had the starting […]
Have you ever seen a neon green truck? How would you feel about years of advertising for only 1-2k, thousands of local people viewing your advertisement? Don’t you think you’d do a double take? One of the best ways to market yourself in the green industry is to stand out and neon […]
Here are some helpful tips on talking to your guys about piece work (or any new incentive) Teach your team Concept 1 – Let’s all win! In a traditional pay model the company loses when the employees are inefficient. When they exceed their goals they lose because they don’t see any […]
“Quality will go down the toilet.” Systems, like clear envelopes with money that is taken away at each complaint, can keep your quality up – or even improve it! “It’s not legal.” This simply is not true (but please do your homework for your state/country). The law provides room for […]