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Working Together: How to Make a Family Business Work

family business

The vast majority of businesses in the US, roughly 90%, are family owned or controlled. There is something promising about going into business with your spouse, siblings, kids, cousins, or other family members. There are, however, many inherent challenges to successfully starting and growing a family business. Predictably, these challenges fall into two categories: issues pertaining to the family and issues pertaining to the business. Let’s look at the pros and cons of a family business, exploring some of the leading issues as well as the potential ways to resolve […]

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Unplugging From Technology: Benefits of Taking a Device-Free Day

unplugging from technology

We live and work in an age where the flow of news, information, and communication are instantaneous and continuous. Social media allows us to engage customers and vendors as well as old schoolmates in ways that would not have been possible in the past. And with very few exceptions, thanks to the current technology, we are always plugged into the data stream—unless we choose not to be. The practice of periodically removing ourselves from technology high-tech devices has become known as “unplugging” and it seems to have gained popularity in […]

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Should You Convert Your Green Industry Business to a Franchise?

local business to franchise

You’ve spent years developing your own business and building a loyal customer base that looks to you as the local green industry expert. And rightfully so, as you have amassed the kind of local knowledge that can only be acquired through years of experience. For any number of reasons, you may have considered converting your local business to a franchise or expanding your service offerings by adding on a specialty franchise. Would converting your business to a franchise be a good move for you? The answer to that question must […]

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Spring-Green Welcomes Newest Franchise Owners in Valparaiso, IN

Jim and John Mercon

Spring-Green Lawn Care is proud to announce its expansion to service the Valparaiso, IN and surrounding areas. This expansion will be led by father-son team, Jim and John Mercon. The Mercon’s are expanding their service offerings by adding Spring-Green Lawn Care to work in conjunction with their existing business, Nature Cuts, Inc. “We’re extremely excited to join Spring-Green Lawn Care. It’s a perfect way to diversify our business. We will now offer residential and commercial fertilization and weed control, as well as many other services,” said Mercon. Mercon has been […]

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Five Reasons Why You Should Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce

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Many towns and metropolitan areas have a local Chamber of Commerce that organizes small businesses with the goal of furthering business interests and developing local networks. Chambers of Commerce will also work with the local government to represent the business sector when discussing city initiatives. You might be thinking this sounds great and all, but you’re just too busy to be involved with one more thing. Plus, a membership does cost money. However, being a part of your local Chamber of Commerce offers many benefits that can make the time […]

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5 Tips For Managing Stress in the Workplace

stress management tips

Running a business is stressful. You put a lot of your time, energy, and money into creating and growing a successful company. You do it because you love what you do, and you love being your own boss, but sometimes it can be easy to let the stress of it all get to you. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Five Stress Management Tips Tip 1: You Can’t Do It All When you’re a small business owner, it’s tempting to want to control every part of the business. […]

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Time Management: Manage Time More Efficiently to Increase Productivity

time management

The green industry tends to be incredibly hectic during the busy season. When the weather warms up and lawn care needs start to grow, it can be difficult to manage time and complete all the work that has to be done. You certainly don’t want to disappoint customers with long wait times, and no business owner enjoys turning away new clients because they just can’t handle anything more. Sometimes this is unavoidable, but there are strategies you can implement to make the most of your time. Remember these time management strategies […]

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Why You Should Consider Franchise Support For Your Business

franchise support

Your business is booming, your customers are happy, and you’re earning profits—what benefit could franchising or franchise support possibly give you? If you’re thinking like this, you may want to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Successful business owners still have plenty to gain from becoming a franchise owner. You can’t be in two places at once, and as a business owner you’re probably already juggling more than you can really handle. Think of franchise support as a helping hand to keep all those balls in […]

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6 Tips to Help Improve Work Life Balance

work life balance

As a business owner, the responsibility of growing and maintaining a successful business falls mostly on your shoulders. But nurturing its growth is no small task. You’re likely putting in a lot of time, and using a lot of energy, to make sure your business thrives. You’re passionate about your business, so you don’t mind the extra effort, but do you ever feel like there’s just not enough time in the day? When you get home from a long day, do you collapse into bed? Putting your all into a […]

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5 Email Metrics You Should Be Tracking and Paying Attention To

email marketing

You know that finding new leads is a crucial part of growing your business, so you’re likely investing in multiple types of marketing campaigns, including email. Email marketing campaigns provide a lot of positives for your business. They’re inexpensive, relatively easy to put together, and can be sent out with tight turnaround times. But how successful are your email campaigns? Are your subscribers actually reading your emails, or do they hit delete without even opening them? Further, how many of your email subscribers go on to become customers? Email marketing […]

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