Finance for Landscaping Business Owners of all Sizes, Part 1

Once you understand how to run the business by the numbers, it becomes second nature. This is something you need to learn, though, so make time to drill down on numbers. This analysis keeps you accountable and improves your ability to sleep.

Remember: It is simple. Money comes in. Money goes out.

As a business owner, the following three financial reporting documents are your friend because, together, they provide the business performance details you need

Selecting and Onboarding the Best People

This is Chapter 3 in our series on Workforce Development. Chapter 1 covered “What Makes People People” – understanding motivation. In Chapter 2 “New Models of Compensation or Pay4Performance” – understanding how to design smart compensation that drives performance. This article focuses on how to Select and Onboard the Best People.

New Models of Compensation or Pay4Performance

The place to start is radical – look at all employees as members of the sales force. Why? Sales are the only employees in the company that can affect their checks while everybody else is trading time for money. If a well designed sales compensation systems drive more sales, what would happen if people doing the work could affect their checks?

What Makes People, People

Because you are a small business – hire people who are achievement driven, who have your drive to get things done. Second expand how you see the company and make it a force in the local community. One or two small projects you can showcase is essential to grab the attention of the 20-30 population. Last – look for attitude, not skills. You can train skills, attitude is a long term project. Hire people that will appreciate what they learn. If you can’t keep them, and you won’t keep the good ones – they will become competitors, establish a reputation for growing great landscapers. One last thought – where are you on employee ownership? What if you had a reputation for giving great employees a piece of the action. Might the good ones stay?