Managing Your Business

 

03 08 2017

Prepare your landscape business for summer

03 08 2017

4 Ways To Prepare Your Landscaping Business For Summer

As the winter months come to a close, home and business owners will begin to ponder their lawns and gardens. They know their landscaping is important for inspiring positive first impressions of their property.

And who will they turn to for the landscaping tune-up? Your landscaping company, of course! As such, now is the time to prepare your business and your team for the inevitable influx of client calls.

1. Hire helping hands

When the weather is colder and the ground is covered in snow, fewer people think to call their landscaper. It could be a few weeks or months before they pick up the phone to call you. But when that happens, it’s best to be prepared, Green Industry Pros explained.

“You can’t wait until things get really busy; that’s when you make poor hiring choices,” said Bill Bumgardner, co-owner of Bumgardners Landscape in Medford, Oregon, according to Green Industry Pros.

Put out the call for new employees, and make sure to look for people who seem compatible with your team. One landscaping business owner, Craig den Hartog of Holtsville, New York, noted that attitude and work ethic are more valuable assets than experience. A friendly, hard-working individual who has little experience might be able to adapt to your business better than a seasoned professional who isn’t a team player.

2. Reinforce safety standards

You need to be confident in your team when they’re on the job. The equipment and tools they use at your clients’ homes and businesses can be dangerous when used improperly. After the “off-season,” it’s possible that your team has forgotten some aspects of staying safe on the job. Prior to your busy season, be sure to invest in safety training for your employees.

Bumgardner told Green Industry Pros that each year, he requires that everyone on his team take an online safety training program before March to secure their employment for the summer.

In addition to basic safety training and equipment use reviews, employees would benefit from CPR and first aid training, DeSantis Landscaping of Oregon pointed out. The company spent an afternoon providing training sessions to its management staff and foremen.

3. Assess your equipment

At the end of your busy season last year, you probably looked over your equipment to determine what was fit to last another season, and which pieces should be replaced. Maybe you even invested in some new equipment over the winter. Regardless, you don’t want to go into the summer season without reviewing your equipment one final time.

Plus, waiting until spring could be beneficial. Den Hartog pointed out that spring often brings rebates and other equipment financing deals from some suppliers.

Your equipment assessment shouldn’t just be an analysis of things to be replaced and things that’ll hold out for another season. Make the most of your equipment by doing preventative maintenance. Spend some time reviewing each piece of equipment and performing tune-ups. Be sure all equipment has owners’ manuals in reach so your team can make adjustments as needed.

4. Invest in landscaping skills

Once your team has gone through the right safety training sessions, it’s a good idea to invest in their landscaping skills and knowledge. Your clients expect your employees to have more expertise than simply how to operate certain pieces of equipment. Customers like to know their landscapers are experts in their field.

To give your team the knowledge they need to confidently answer your clients’ questions as they pertain to pruning techniques and flower breeds, offer workshops or educational events. De Santis Landscaping said it hosts a Spring Kick-off Training Day, which is a day-long event that includes informative sessions about plant identification, pruning methods, and other relevant skills. The day is complemented with a barbecue and games, making it a fun team-building event as well.

Your busy season should be your most successful season. Set yourself up for a profitable summer by investing in your team and your business before your calendar fills up with jobs.

Find Out How Much Funding You Qualify For

Fields marked with an * are required
By clicking this button I agree to all terms and conditions.

Terms & Conditions

General Acceptance

Any applications submitted electronically shall have the same force and effect as if the application bore an inked original signature(s). The above information, together with any accompanying financial statements, schedules, or other materials, is submitted for the purpose of obtaining credit and is warranted to be true, correct, and complete.

 

US Patriot Act:

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person and business that seeks a business loan. What this means for you: When you apply for a loan, we will ask for your business name, address, and Tax Identification Number. We will also ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents.

 

For Loan/Merchant Services:

The Merchant and Owner(s)/Officer(s) identified in the application (individually, an “Applicant”) each represents, acknowledges and agrees that (1) all information and documents provided to National Funding, Inc. (“NF”) including credit card processor statements are true, accurate and complete, (2) Applicant will immediately notify NF of any change in such information or financial condition, (3) Applicant authorizes NF to disclose all information and documents that NF may obtain including credit reports to other persons or entities (collectively, “Assignees”) that may be involved with or acquire commercial loans having daily repayment features and/or Merchant Cash Advance transactions, including without limitation the application therefor (collectively, “Transactions”) and each Assignee is authorized to use such information and documents, and share such information and documents with other Assignees, in connection with potential Transactions, (4) each Assignee will rely upon the accuracy and completeness of such information and documents, (5) NF, Assignees, and each of their representatives, successors, assigns and designees (collectively, “Recipients”) are authorized to request and receive any investigative reports, credit reports, statements from creditors or financial institutions, verification of information, or any other information that a Recipient deems necessary, (6) Applicant waives and releases any claims against Recipients and any information-providers arising from any act or omission relating to the requesting, receiving or release of information, and (7) each Owner/Officer represents that he or she is authorized to sign this form on behalf of Merchant.(8) I consent to receive direct mail, faxes, text-messages, and e-mails sent by National Funding and its affiliates for the purposes of transmitting account updates, requests for information and notices, and (9) this request is for business and not for consumer purposes.

 

For Equipment Services:

I hereby certify: (1) the information provided is true and correct, (2) you are hereby authorized to investigate all bank, credit, and trade references, and said references are hereby authorized to release any requested information to you or your nominee, (3) such authorization shall extend to obtaining personal credit profile in considering this application and subsequently for the purposes of update, renewal or extension of such credit or additional credit and for reviewing or collecting the resulting account, (4) this information may be transmitted by us to you and by you to underwriter(s) for the purpose of granting me credit, either electronically or manually, and that by submitting this application, I take full responsibility for transmission thereof, (5) I am over 18 years of age, (6) I acknowledge my rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, (7) I consent to receive direct mail, faxes, text-messages, and e-mails sent by National Funding and its affiliates for the purposes of transmitting account updates, requests for information and notices, and (8) this request is for business and not for consumer purposes.

 

Text Messaging:

By providing my wireless phone number to National Funding, Inc., I agree and acknowledge that National Funding, Inc. may send text and multimedia messages to my wireless phone number for any purpose. I agree that these text or multimedia messages may be regarding the products and/or services that I have previously purchased and products and/or services that National Funding, Inc. may market to me. I acknowledge that this consent may be removed at my request but that until such consent is revoked, I may receive text or multimedia messages from National Funding, Inc to my wireless phone number.

  
The Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status or age (provided the applicant has the capacity to enter into the binding contract); because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program; or because the applicant has in good faith exercised any right under the Consumer Credit Protection Act. If for any reason your application for business credit is denied, you have the right to a written statement of the specific reasons for the denial. To obtain the statement, please write to National Funding Inc., 9820 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, California 92121. Funding amount and credit approval is subject to a full credit profile review.