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There's No I in Team
Jody Shilan, Editor
There's No I in TeamWe recently started a new approach to meeting with clients about their design/build projects and so far, it seems to be working pretty well. Like many of you that design and sell, I typically meet with the clients by myself for the initial consultation to . . . keep reading

The Only Constant is Change
Jody Shilan, Editor
The Only Constant is ChangeI have been designing landscapes for over thirty years now and one thing that I know for a fact is that regardless of what I design on paper, things always change in the field. And it is not just me and my designs; it is everybody's (Yes that means you too). . . . keep reading

Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish
Jody Shilan, Editor
Penny-Wise and Pound-FoolishI am still amazed at how many homeowners are willing to spend significant amounts of money on their landscape, yet are unwilling to invest a minimal amount of time and money on a professional landscape plan to understand how and where their money . . . keep reading

Goodfellas Landscape and Construction
Jody Shilan, Editor
Goodfellas Landscape and ConstructionEven though I created "The 5 D's" for successful landscape design/build sales, I will be the first one to admit that this process is not unique to us, or our industry. I say this because many times I get "push back" from contractors that tell me that the . . . keep reading

Jody-Locks and the Three Mattresses
Jody Shilan, Editor
Jody-Locks and the Three MattressesI just got back from shopping for a new mattress at Sleepy's and the experience with the salesman reminded me of something that we, as salespeople, often do wrong. The good news for you is that this experience has given me a great idea for this week's Trade Secret. . . . keep reading

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men...
Jody Shilan, Editor
The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men...Well, spring is in the air. The sun is shining, birds are chirping and bulbs are breaking through the surface. You know what that means. That's right! This is the time of year when landscape contractors open their doors and make that one fatal error that will haunt them for the rest of the year. . . . keep reading

Challenged Designers
Jody Shilan, Editor
Challenged DesignersIn last week's Trade Secret called Estimate/Build Your Way to Profits, I introduced many of you to my Site Visit Proposal that explained how to create a professional looking proposal and increase your chances of selling to smaller or "low-end" projects ($1,500-$5,000). . . . keep reading

Estimate/Build Your Way to Profits
Jody Shilan, Editor
Estimate/Build Your Way to ProfitsFor those of you that do not have formal design training, are just starting out in the business or work on smaller projects, this week's Trade Secret is for you. Nobody is going to come right out and say it, but we all do "low-end" design/build, or what I am . . . keep reading

Just Answer the Question!
Jody Shilan, Editor
Just Answer the Question!As designers and contractors, there are so many opportunities to make misteaks : ) throughout our process. Unfortunately, many of them occur at the absolute worst time, during our presentations. Anything and everything that could have been done . . . keep reading

Techo-Bloc's "Paver Pete" Baloglou
Jody Shilan, Editor
Techo-Bloc's Like many landscape associations, the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association is primarily made up of two types of members. The first and largest group is our regular or landscape contractor member. These are the guys that are our there designing, . . . keep reading

They Did What?
Jody Shilan, Editor
They Did What?As we all know, there are always going to be problems before, during and after a design/build installation project. Some will be big and some will be small. There will be problems that can stem from miscommunication, poor planning and sheer stupidity. . . . keep reading

The 80/20 Rule
Jody Shilan, Editor
The 80/20 RuleFor those of you that have never heard of The 80/20 rule, or don't truly understand it's meaning, we are going to change all of that for you today. Pareto's Principle, also known as "The 80/20 Rule" is based on a mathematical formula created in 1906 by Italian . . . keep reading

Just Get on Base
Jody Shilan, Editor
Just Get on BaseThis winter, instead of wasting your time creating all types of new systems and paperwork that will end faster than a 2013 New Years Resolution, take a tip from the movie "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. . . . keep reading

And the Winner Is...
Jody Shilan, Editor
And the Winner Is...Last weekend at the NJLCA, we judged our Landscape Achievement Awards. These awards are for projects submitted by our members for both maintenance and design/build, and can be in the categories of residential or commercial. . . . keep reading

Stylistic or Cookie Cutter?
Jody Shilan, Editor
Stylistic or Cookie Cutter?I have had debates with other designers and contractors regarding the concept of developing a unique design style. Some are of the opinion that each project should be as different as the property and its owners, while others believe that projects should . . . keep reading

Don't Just Listen To Your Clients, "Channel" Them
Jody Shilan, Editor
Don't Just Listen To Your Clients, Clients often ask, "What would you do if this was your house?" Like many of you, I've resisted the urge to say, "Are you kidding me? I would never, ever, buy a dump like this. What were you thinking?" . . . keep reading

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