Last week we discussed the importance of tracking your indirect labor costs, or the amount of money you’re spending on hourly team members when they’re clocked in but not producing billable work. This week we focus on how you can start to reduce your indirect labor costs.
Grunder Landscaping Co. is by no means perfect, but they are exceptionally organized, and nearly everyone who goes through their shop remarks on it. There truly is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. Here Marty gives you a peek inside their set-up and into what being organized can do for your bottom line:
There are a number of time-management strategies championed by business gurus but the one that has served me the best in running Grunder Landscaping over the years is to delineate a morning routine and then to rigorously stick to it. Research shows that willpower is at its strongest in the morning. The longer you delay your task list, the less likely you are to accomplish it.
My MGI colleague Jim Cali is a master of tactics, always at the ready with a fresh approach to the kinds of organizational problems that vex us all.
In this video Jim shares with us the 5/10 Rule, a straightforward standard that’s easy to implement but that can have a profound effect on how you and your team communicate with clients, subcontractors, and each other.
An MGI client recently called me in a panic.
He was feeling overwhelmed by all the demands landscape pros face this time of year. He was running from job to appointment and back again, with sales to close, numbers to hit, and a team to manage and motivate.
I listened to him voice his concerns and vent his frustrations, and when he had gotten to the end of his very long list I gave him some advice.