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Working Together: How to Make a Family Business Work

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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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Should You Convert Your Green Industry Business to a Franchise?

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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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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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Why You Should Consider Franchise Support For Your Business

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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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4 Techniques to Know When You Should Hire Another Employee

As a green industry business owner, it is important to manage your overhead costs in relation to the revenue you receive from customers. Managing your workforce, and the expenses that come with it, is a big piece of your overhead costs. Your workforce, whether staffed correctly, too high or too low, can impact employee and customer satisfaction, and ultimately, revenue and profits. Knowing when to add a new employee is key to keeping your business running smoothly as you add or lose customers, or if your business spikes at certain […]

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Should Your Company Hire Part-Time Workers? The Pros and Cons

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Many people put a stigma on the term ‘part-time’ when referring to employment. They think people who want part-time jobs are students, retirees or those who simply cannot find full-time employment. However, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data cited by Bloomberg, there are 6 million Americans who choose to work part-time as their first option. Some of these workers feel that a single, full-time job is limiting; working one or more part-time jobs gives them flexibility in their schedule and more opportunities with different companies. This is very […]

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4 Key Strategies for Diversifying Your Green-Industry Business

There are plenty of reasons for green industry business owners to diversify their businesses: from the need for new revenue streams to gaining recurring revenue or preparation for an eventual successful plan or other exit strategy. Whatever the reason, it makes good business sense to actively pursue growth and adaptation over the life of your business. Whatever your motivation for diversification, there are plenty of ways to tackle this important task. Here are four strategies for diversifying your green-industry business. 1. Expand your services to a new location Diversifying doesn’t […]

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6 Questions to Ask Your Accountant For A Profitable 2018

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One thing you can always count on is taxes. However, you want to be able to keep more of your money than giving it away. So you should take advantage of tax credits and deductions to keep more of your hard earned money in your company. And you may be able to keep more of your money when you ask your accountant key questions. Questions To Ask Accountant For a Profitable 2018 1. What new tax deductions and credits are available this year? You need to ask your accountant this […]

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When Is the Best Time to Diversify Your Green-Industry Business?

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“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” This well-worn aphorism has been attributed to seemingly hundreds of figures: poets, actors, business leaders, motivational speakers. While we may never know who first uttered the words, they ring true nonetheless. And they can be applied to personal as well as business growth. Many businesses have learned the hard way that placing faith in one revenue stream can be fatal: Blockbuster Video, for instance, ignored the signs that streaming was the way of the future — signs Netflix capitalized on — and their brick-and-mortar […]

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5 Checklist Tips to Help Grow and Organize Your Company

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Checklists—they can make your business life so much easier. If you want to get control over your company’s spending, evaluate your teams performance on job sites, and organize every department, then you need to incorporate checklists to meet your goals. Checklists to Consider In Your Business As you probably realize, there is a slew of checklist templates available online. But do you know which ones are the best for your green industry company? Your managers or crew leaders benefit the most from checklists. So, empower them to take their leadership roles […]

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