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Because That's the Way We've Always Done It
Jody Shilan, Editor
Because That's the Way We've Always Done ItLet's admit it; our industry has an inferiority complex. Some of it is well deserved and some of it is our own fault. Anyone that knows me knows that I don't like to focus on problems, just solutions. If all you want to do is complain about something, I'm . . . keep reading

To Be Determined
Jody Shilan, Editor
To Be DeterminedMost landscape contractors do hardscaping, plantings, and grading and drainage in-house. Some also do irrigation installations and low-voltage lighting, and some don't. Very few of you do electrical work, plumbing, fencing, tree work, asphalt driveways or . . . keep reading

Turning HOA Blues to Green
Jody Shilan, Editor
Turning HOA Blues to GreenI am working with a landscape contractor right now who is trying to generate more revenue with an HOA he maintains. We just finished doing a walkthrough with the landscape committee last week. The contractor has maintained the property for several years now . . . keep reading

Sell the Design, Sell the Installation.
Jody Shilan, Editor
Sell the Design, Sell the Installation.For those FD2B members that have not downloaded my design fee proposal from the website, you really should. I have taken one of the more difficult aspects of the design/build process and turned into a simple one-page document that can be signed at your first . . . keep reading

Doing Well By Doing Good
Jody Shilan, Editor
Doing Well By Doing GoodThis past weekend, dozens of members from the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association and I built our annual volunteer project. In previous years, we have installed a teaching garden at Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, restored and replanted a right of . . . keep reading

Why I Hate Bid/Build (and you should too)
Jody Shilan, Editor
Why I Hate Bid/Build (and you should too)If you haven't guessed by now, many of my Trade Secrets are based on projects that I am currently working on or experiences that happened during the week. Although I do keep a Trade Secret idea list just in case I can't come up with something, it is quite rare . . . keep reading

That's More Than We Wanted to Spend
Jody Shilan, Editor
That's More Than We Wanted to SpendAlthough I've discussed my philosophies on negotiating in previous Trade Secrets I am taking a slightly different approach this week to show you the right way to respond to a client when they say, "that's more than we wanted to spend". . . . keep reading

Don't Call Me a Salesperson. I'm a Landscape Designer!
Jody Shilan, Editor
Don't Call Me a Salesperson. I'm a Landscape Designer!Let's face it. Landscape Designers have a difficult job. Besides having a creative mind and great design skills, they also need to understand botany, soil science, hydrology, physics and a half-dozen other scientific sub-specialties. As if that was not . . . keep reading

C to C Networking
Jody Shilan, Editor
C to C NetworkingWe're all familiar with business-to-business networking or B to B, as well as business to consumer networking, or B to C. Well there's a category of networking that you have successfully been involved with for years but rarely think about as a business . . . keep reading

Everybody Gets the Same Leads
Jody Shilan, Editor
Everybody Gets the Same LeadsI was at your workshop at the Green Expo in Atlantic City (it was great by the way) and had a question. When you said that everybody gets the same leads, I'm not sure that I completely understand what you mean. One thing is for sure; I definitely don't get the same calls as . . . keep reading

Right Brain versus Left Brain
Jody Shilan, Editor
Right Brain versus Left BrainCompanies of every size constantly struggle with the best way to separate the roles of design and production, regardless of how many years they've been in business. Creating a highly-functional design/build "team" requires a significant amount of work and . . . keep reading

There Is No "They" But There Are A Lot Of Us
Jody Shilan, Editor
There Is No Every now and then, I like to write a free Trade Secret for everyone to read. They are usually about great ideas that are important for everyone in the green industry and not just members of So for everyone that reads this, I hope that . . . keep reading

But Can it Fly?
Jody Shilan, Editor
But Can it Fly?At the end of my presentations and webinars, I always leave room for some questions. Since my process and methodologies are a little bit "outside the box", it is often difficult for everyone to get their head around them. However, once they do realize how great . . . keep reading

Growing Their Budget by Turning Needs Into Wants
Jody Shilan, Editor
Growing Their Budget by Turning Needs Into WantsWikipedia defines a need as something that is necessary for organisms to live. This would include food, water, shelter and air. I think we'll be a little looser in our definition since it's pretty safe to say that typically we are not dealing with life and death . . . keep reading

14 Must Do New Years Resolution For 2014
Jody Shilan, Editor
14 Must Do New Years Resolution For 2014Instead of having to come up with your own New Years Resolutions, I am going to make it easy and just give them to you. I know this is a little unorthodox, but we all need a good kick in the ass now and again. Or if I want to keep this site PG, I should . . . keep reading

Design Fees -- Hit or Stick?
Jody Shilan, Editor
Design Fees -- Hit or Stick?For those of you who have never played blackjack, also known as 21, I am going to do a quick overview and show you how this simple card game has a lot of similarities to design/build sales. Now in this week's Trade Secret I am not going to get into all of . . . keep reading

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