Saturday, June 20, 2009

He's a lean, green, mobile landscaping machine

If you’re a young owner or just starting your landscaping business you might want to follow the example of Columbus, OH-area company owner Tim Chiles, the 36-year-old founder of two-year-old Structural Gardens LLC.

This guy is one lean, green, mobile landscaping machine that uses the latest communication and computer technology to do business on the fly. Chiles carries a laptop computer in his service vehicle. He doesn’t even have to leave his truck, or perhaps he’ll stop at a coffee shop or other location with wireless access to whip out a design or proposal. He probably knows every WiFi spot in his service area.

“There is just a huge productivity increase,” Chiles, a certified landscape professional, told Business First of Columbus recently.

Is it working for Chiles? You bet it is. His fledging company has grown by more than 100% this season, generating revenues north of $250,000, even in this crappy economy, reports the magazine.

Here’s a valuable tip for you, check out Tyler Whitaker’s InfoTech column in each issue of Landscape Management magazine. Whitaker, the industry’s premiere “technologist” offers valuable information about time and money-saving technologies in every issue of the magazine.

We're betting that even Tim Chiles, as hip as he is to using technology to keep on top of things, might learn some neat stuff from Whitaker who is constantly finding ways to increase productivity using cutting-edge technology. — The LM Staff, shamelessly promoting one of magazine's sharpest and the industry's most valuable resources.

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