Fine-Tuning Your Profit First System: How to Make Adjustments for Seasonal Changes and Unexpected Events

by | Jul 25, 2023 | Accounting, Cash Management, Landscaping, Profit First | 0 comments

The Profit First method is a great starting place to get your landscaping business’s finances in order, but your business is unique. You need your system to be fine-tuned to your industry-specific needs.

And maybe you’re thinking, “that sounds great, but I don’t have the time to make more adjustments.”
We get it. Your work as a landscaping business owner means you have to live in the moment more often than not – demands from clients, staff, and other unpredictable factors can make long-term planning feel like a pipe dream. 

But fine-tuning your Profit First system is possible (even with a busy schedule!), and will prepare you for so much more success in the long run.

You can adjust your Profit First system to help:

  • Save during the busy season

The busy season is intense for landscapers – but the good news is it’s always predictable. Determine exactly when your busy season is and make a plan to allocate more of your revenue to areas where you may need it later, like saving for the off-season or equipment investments. 

It may make the busy season feel more tight than it normally does, but what you’re really doing is leveling the playing field for your business’s finances.

  • Repair and sustain during slow season

Just like the busy season, you also probably have a slow season during cold weather months. Instead of running on empty and wishing this time away, you can now use the funds you saved during the busy season to make needed repairs, buy new equipment, and make any other improvements for your business that you otherwise wouldn’t have time to.

Depending on the weather and where you live, your company’s busy season may be longer, shorter, or more demanding than other landscapers experience. However, our best advice, no matter where you live, is to use the busy and slow seasons to your advantage. And with Profit First, it’s as simple as adjusting your allocation percentages depending on the month or season. 

We know that simple is a relative term for bookkeeping, though. If this sounds like a great idea, but still something you don’t feel equipped to handle – no sweat. A Profit First professional can come alongside you as you optimize your business to be more proactive and less reactive.

We’d love to chat about how we can serve you in this way. 



Lori Peterson


Lori Petersen

Lori Petersen has seen the frustration and loss that landscape business owners experience when they don’t have command of their finances. Growing up, she watched her father work incredibly hard as a contractor. He’d come home late, eat the dinner kept warm in the oven, and do it all over again the next day. But it all came crashing down when he had to close the business and Lori’s family applied for food stamps. The business had failed and all of his hard work was for nothing. 

Today, Lori views every one of her clients as an opportunity to make this right. She firmly believes no one should work as hard as her dad did and not have a profitable business. No family should suffer because business finances were poorly managed. 

Lori has helped hundreds of landscape business owners make sense of their finances, implement proven money management systems and create unimagined profitability for their business. She ensures they experience the return they deserve for their hard labor.


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