010: Jim Rhodes – The Real Way to Franchise and Maximize Your Success

Basic business principles put each and every employee at risk, regardless of the industry. Are you an owner, or are you an employee? Have you ever thought about starting your own business but have been overwhelmed by the possibility of failure? Jim Rhodes has a passion for educating and consulting with executives, small business owners, and emerging entrepreneurs alike. Jim has honed his skills over the last 20 years, successfully implementing business development, strategic planning and government relations management for a variety of industries. Multiple Fortune 500 companies have benefited greatly from the business development expertise of Jim Rhodes, as he is a natural at seeking out and creating revenue streams. In this episode of the Landscape Business Pro Podcast, Jim talks about a number of ways in which his knowledge and experiences can be applied to helping contractors, landscapers, and aspiring entrepreneurs turn their goals into thriving businesses.

Jim discusses three ways to start a business:

  1. Start a business from scratch
  2. Buy an existing business
  3. Buy into a franchise

Leveraging the proven business model of a franchise can be a great way to become a entrepreneur/business owner while capitalizing on established systems, therefore minimizing the risks that come with business ownership. The freedom and security that comes with owning your own business is invaluable. When you own you own business you control so much more. Work hard, stay positive, and you will succeed. Jim has found a way to greatly improve the rate of success enjoyed by entrepreneurs through his franchising experiences and guidance. This is a great interview, and will open many people’s eyes to the idea of franchising as a tried and true option for any entrepreneur, both seasoned and aspiring. Jim’s insights and strategies not only make perfect sense, but they are focused, well thought-out and articulated beautifully.

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Jim Rhodes – Minnesota Franchising
FranNet Franchise Experts

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007: Scott Amundson – Find Your Niche and Pursue it Relentlessly

Scott Amundson is owner of Amundson Photography, a studio that specializes in architectural and landscape photography. Determining your niche and going after it is a great way to specialize your company’s efforts, focus your talents and establish your brand. Stan refers to this as “niching down” or “niching in”, and believes it’s a powerful way to grow a very successful company. Even if you have no experience in the niche you want go after, who cares?! Make phone calls, utilize social media, do whatever you have to do to get that first job under your belt. Once you have that job completed, promote the hell out of it. How do you do that? Simple, highlight the project in your portfolio, both online and in print, and get it in front of as many people as you can.

Contrary to what many business owners may think, it is not impossible to break into a new style of client or a new level of project. If your goal is high-end projects, keep in mind that one of these projects is all it takes to go after other high-end projects. Whatever your goal is, whatever your ideal customer is, focus on targeting similar clients/projects and be persistent. Another secret to Scott’s success is staying mobile at all times. As we’ve talked about before, a traditional brick and mortar store might be hindering your business more than it’s helping. In today’s fast-paced, internet-savvy business landscape, business owners must be available to a much broader market than that which exists in a 20 mile radius around their office.

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Scott Amundson Photography

001: Cash Flow: Keeping Cash Flow Balanced on Commercial and Residential Jobs

Balancing Projects and Building Relationships to Maintain Positive Cashflow

Supplier relationships are crucial to the success of your business. In this very first episode of The Landscape Business Pro Podcast, we give you a quick rundown of what this show is about, who the LBP guys are, and what you can expect from future episodes. Then, we get into the good stuff: Cashflow. How you can win big by balancing projects and building honest relationships with your landscaping suppliers.