Local landscaping associations

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BISHOP, Dec 23, 2001.

  1. BISHOP

    BISHOP LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 28

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    I had a general question in regards to landscaping associations. I've noticed a few co. in my area belong to local & national landscaping & horticulture associations. My question is do I need to join these associations if I plan to stay a small landscape co. (1 or 2 employees & myself)?

    They are fairly expensive to join. So is it a must?





    Bishop of CCL:alien:
     
  2. WINTER 3

    WINTER 3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    I can only speak for my area, which has no local associations to speak of. You ask why should you be a member? and the reasons are these. 1 Professional growth. 2 being precieved as being a professional and not just a lawn mower man. These are the 2 that come to me off the bat. I will be joining at least 2 before next spring. So many to choose from, none of them local, all similar. I'm between ALCA & PLCAA being one and sima being the other

    hope this helps and good luck
     
  3. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    Winter hit the nail on the head. It all revolves about professionalism of your company and professional growth. Regardless if you are a 1 person or 100 person landscape company, you need to offer professional service to your customers. That is what will set you apart from everyone else. Also, you'd like to look back in a year and see that you are leaps and bounds ahead of where you once were. The annual fee is an insignificant amount of money when you consider the value that you will receive from belonging to these associations. Make sure you cover the fees in your overhead. It is definitely a cost of being in business.

    Lance
     
  4. G & S LANDSCAPING SERVICE

    G & S LANDSCAPING SERVICE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    Bishop- I am also from Ohio, We belong to the OHIO LANDSCAPERS ASSOCIATION ,And The BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU, We have seen alot of grouth in our busness ,and lets our customers and future customers know we are professional and here to stay.
     
  5. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    Keep revenues limited: acceptable.
    Keep profits limited: unacceptable.

    To maximize profit you need to maximize effeciency.
    To maximize effeciency you need all available information.
    A lot of this information can come thru associations.

    We belong to 5: Total cost = $ 625.00/year.

    I don't subscribe (anymore) to the big $ business associations.
     

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