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Growth Potential in Landscaping Services

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Whether you are just starting out as a green industry business owner or have years (even decades) of experience, knowing the trends, changes and opportunities in your sector is essential to the success of your business. The landscaping industry comprises services ranging from landscape architecture to pest control, from mowing to snow removal. These businesses generated $77 billion in revenue in 2015, which was up 3.5 percent over the five-year period starting in 2011. What do you need to know to make the most of this growth? A growing market […]

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The Underestimated Power of Networking for Green Industry Businesses

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You’ve probably heard a lot about how important networking is, but maybe you aren’t sure how or why you should do it for your green industry business? Networking isn’t just for salespeople and job seekers. In fact, networking is a great way for you to learn about new green industry products and techniques or to grow your knowledge base. It is even useful when you have a situation or a problem, and you aren’t sure what the solution is. Having a network within your industry is a valuable resource, allowing […]

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Curb Appeal Trends for Landscaping

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If you have ever sold or bought a home, you know how important curb appeal can be. A home’s exterior condition, including the lawn and landscape, can charm neighbors and passersby or scare them away. Spring-Green Lawn Care franchise owners know how important curb appeal is. That’s why the higher standards we created for our customers include a statement about quality—“The way you always wanted your yard to look!” Lawn care experts Spring-Green customers expect our lawn care professionals to be experts in their field. Part of that expertise is […]

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Building A Future—One Family Business At A Time

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Background: Matt Holker, and his son, Greg, began as Spring-Green Lawn Care franchise owners in 2006. Over the past 10 years, the business has grown, taking in neighboring territories, as well as bringing Matt’s other sons, Luke and Kevin, on board. Today the family business includes three territories in Minnesota, covering Hennepin, Wright, Benton, Morrison, Sherburne and Stearns counties. Problem: Matt wanted to expand the business to be able to include his two other sons. Luke had been helping in the off-season, doing office/phone work in the evenings, while keeping […]

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Green Business Trends: Why We Chose to Add a Franchise

Background: Friends and business partners Steve Downin and Jeff Rocker were looking for a way to create a sustainable stream of income that would provide security and opportunity for them in retirement. Downin owned Right-of-Way-Turf-Ornamental in Columbus, Indiana, while Rocker owned a law firm, Beck Rocker PC. Problem: The two business partners had successful businesses on their own, but each was looking for more. “We wanted a supplement to the incomes created from our other businesses that would provide an almost annuity-like stream we can build on into the future,” […]

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Spring-Green Named in Lawn & Landscape’s Top 100

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For 11 years in a row, Spring-Green Lawn Care has been named to Lawn & Landscape’s 2016 Top 100 List of the largest landscape companies in North America. Spring-Green was ranked 26th on the list based on 2015 revenues. The total revenue for 2015 earned by all of the companies on the Top 100 list totaled $8,445,782,868. That number represents an increase of five percent over the previous year. The Top 100 List was compiled in May and included 96 companies in 30 states and four firms in Canada. This year’s list was […]

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Legacy Planning—Are You Ready for Retirement?

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  It may strike many as counterintuitive, but when it comes to starting a new business you should already be thinking about your exit plan. Whether your hope is to one day pass your business on to a family member or simply make the most profit from selling it so you can enjoy a comfortable retirement, your business is a valuable asset that can work for you when you plan properly. According to the Family Business Alliance, 80 to 90 percent of North American businesses are family enterprises, both large […]

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Labor Crisis Continues for Landscapers

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The latest statistics on green businesses indicate that one of the biggest issues facing lawn care companies is employment. If it’s not finding the most qualified person for the job, it’s retaining employees in such a competitive environment. According to Lawn & Landscape, more than half (56 percent) of lawn care companies have open positions. So if you haven’t dealt with this issue yet, odds are strong you will have to at some point in the near future. Hiring qualified employees So what will you do when faced with the […]

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Green Business Tips—5 Ways to Increase the Profitability of Your Business

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A lawn care business can be very profitable, but the secret to that success is having a mix of additional services that can be performed at the same time as a lawn application. If you want to increase your profitability, encouraging customers to add additional services will go a long way in boosting your business’s bottom line. For instance, some additional services have material costs of as little as three percent. Meanwhile your labor cost is incremental if you are already there performing a service. When you have multiple services […]

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Green Businesses Pioneer Customer Journey Management

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Improving your customer experience should be top of mind for any business. But for the landscape and lawn care entrepreneur, how your customers share their business experience can be the difference between success and failure. One of the best and most cost effective ways to earn new customers comes from referrals. Providing outstanding customer experience is one of the best and easiest ways to create a positive brand experience and encourage customers to refer your services to others. Top-of-class businesses are also able to build brand advocates. Advocates share their […]

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