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June 28, 2010

Plan for Profit with an Overhead Budget

If your aren't pricing your work using an overhead budget, you are unnecessarily risking your company, your efforts, and your time and passion.
June 21, 2010

The Beancounter vs. Production

The Bean Counter or (The Accountant is mostly concerned with Costs and their impact on the Income Statement) The Production Guy is looking at ways to save labour or do the work more easily. The accountant usually looks at costs and determines if something is affordable and the Production guy always believes that he cannot afford to be without said tool? Who is right?
June 8, 2010

Hiring Superstars and the Real Costs of Wages

Dan and Bill met for a 6pm dinner meeting at the local diner.  Dan’s day had been a disaster.  A site layout mistake led to an […]
May 19, 2010

On The Job Issues (Part I)

In our previous articles we wrote about what needs to be done before the job starts. After looking back it is amazing how many things need to be completed in order for projects to flow smoothly.
May 2, 2010

Laying the Foundation for Profitable Projects and Eliminating Waste: Facilities + Equipment

A project’s success depends a lot on the support that is provided before, during, and after its production. A landscaper's facilities and equipment play a critical role in efficient production.
April 15, 2010

Laying the Foundation for Profitable Projects and Eliminating Waste: Job Information

One of the most important requirements for running profitable projects is creating job packages that are accurate and thorough. Job packages can take information OUT of the heads of owners, estimators and project managers and INTO the hands of your field personnel - who can execute with better accuracy and efficiency.
April 11, 2010

Thinking Like Owners – Understanding the Big Picture

How much more efficient could your company be if you had 3 more people thinking like owners rather than like employees?
April 3, 2010

The Challenges of Building Business Systems

For small businesses one of the most difficult challenges to overcome is creating roles and responsibilities for all staff. The responsibilities must outline who does what, when, where, why at what speed and quality. This applies to Sales…Administration….Operations. This article will offer some examples of how process can be used to improve staff performance in all areas of your business.
April 1, 2010

How to Overcome your People Challenges

People are the key ingredient to your work AND your company. Learning to manage and overcome people challenges will create new opportunities for EVERYONE in the company: a happier workplace, improved wages and lifestyles, and a greater sense of 'team' at work.