Seeking help to save a company
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Seeking help to save a company
After 7 years in business GoldGlo Landscapes had grown to $1.4 million in sales and 14 employees. The company owner had grown the company without any business background, doing everything by trial and error as he went. This didn’t work out so well. The company’s debt load had grown as quickly as the company. One thing that hadn’t grown was net profit. Net profit was only 2%. It was time to look for help...
The ding-dong factor
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The ding-dong factor
Editors note: It was difficult choosing a favorite Charles Vander Kooi article as a tribute to him. But, The ding-dong factor won. (Click here to see our entire archives of Charles’ articles.) Charles described ding-dongs as “people who take advantage of other people and they squeeze them for all they can get. They never admit that they're wrong. They know that you are always wrong....” MORE
Remembering Charles Vander Kooi
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Remembering Charles Vander Kooi
About 20 years ago I was Editor of Pro Magazine when I started reading Charles Vander Kooi’s book, The Complete Business Manual. Now here was someone who knew how to tell stories that hit home. Chuck wrote from the contractor’s point of view, he made me laugh, and he got his point across. I called him immediately to see if I could get exclusive rights to publish his articles...
LED takes outdoor lights to new heights
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LED takes outdoor lights to new heights
Homeowners invest a lot of money to create a personal outdoor environment as an escape from the rest of the world. When the sun goes down they need customizable “mood” lighting that matches the serenity of their outdoor living spaces. Human-Centric Lighting (HCL) is about being able to personalize and control your lighting to suit your needs. The control afforded by LED lighting allows you to take HCL to the outside...
Why use concrete toe as edge restraint?
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Why use concrete toe as edge restraint?
This industry has come a long way in the 40 years that I’ve been involved as an ICPI level 2 contractor, ICPI instructor and now as a technical trainer. The variety of high quality products, installation systems and training available today allows contractors to consistently build quality projects that will last for years. With all the superior edge restraints now on the market, I find it difficult to understand why so many contractors are still installing a troweled concrete toe for edge restraint...
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable

Contractor Profiles

Years consumed on 1 project
April/May 2016

Years consumed on 1 project

Failures by a past contractor lead to trial projects then to 2+ years of non-stop work creating an award winner. MORE


Don’t grow bigger; get better
February/March 2016

Don’t grow bigger; get better

Earth, Turf & Wood has the infrastructure to grow, but instead puts their efforts into becoming better at what they do. MORE


99% estimating accuracy & tripled sales
December/January 2016

99% estimating accuracy & tripled sales

Implementing a high level of job costing and budgeting/overhead recovery systems “dramatically” improves profits. MORE


Paver Designs’ cutting perfection
June/July 2015

Paver Designs’ cutting perfection

Father, son, no employees, win national awards with inlay expertise in demand across the country. MORE


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