Finance

The Question Landscape Pros Ask Us All the Time

The Question Landscape Pros Ask Us All the Time

Without a doubt, one of the most common questions we get at The Grow Group from the landscape pros we work with is What numbers should I be looking at?

This discussion invariably leads to the need for a financial and efficiency dashboard, a central location with meaningful data points from which you can run your whole company and always have a pulse on how well you’re doing.

Measure the Numbers That Matter Most

Measure the Numbers That Matter Most

We talk a lot here about the importance of leadership, culture, and exceptional customer service for your company to succeed in the landscaping business. But the truth is you can get all those right and still lose if you don’t get your financials right too.

In short, your company’s financials are the ultimate scorecard, revealing where you need to improve if you want to win.

Silent Profit Killers

Silent Profit Killers

I’m sitting down to write this column after having just wrapped up an exhausting, inspiring, whirlwind tour around and across the country, speaking to and coaching green-industry pros who are all striving to get better.

We spent a lot of time talking about vision, mission and core values, about finding prospects and closing sales, and about leadership. These factors are all critical to success. Mastering them can be the difference between a mediocre business and an extraordinary company. That’s why I never shut up about them, both in my work with landscape professionals and at my own landscaping company.

But it’s also true that you can get these things right and still not find yourself in the black at the end of the season. Why? 

Three Keys to Success

Three Keys to Success

Welcome to spring, my friends, the start of another growing season for landscape professionals. If you’re like me, you can’t wait to get started on another year and see just how much you can improve on the last.

I’m especially excited this time around, having just wrapped up GROW! 2017, the three-day conference my green-industry consultancy, Marty Grunder! Inc (MGI) holds every year. The event brought together 300 landscape pros to learn from industry leaders about building successful businesses and achieving our dreams.

Three Factors Critical for Success

Three Factors Critical for Success

Come February, you’ll find me happily hosting GROW! 2017, my annual conference for landscape professionals. This year, we’ll gather in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, where attendees will tour my landscaping company headquarters and see firsthand the tricks of the trade we’ve used to make Grunder Landscaping an industry leader in the Midwest.