As well all know, America is in the current state of a recession. Many different industries are experiencing drastic budget cuts and layoffs in retail, corporate, and small business firms. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects: when comparing the fourth quarters of 2008 and 2007, 66% reported lower billings and 75% reported reduced inquiries. In addition, 87% of the respondents were not planning to hire additional employees.
With the decline of disposable income in government agencies, business firms, and society as a whole, how do landscape architecture firms stay afloat? Besides cutting both minor and major operational costs, or perhaps moving from a larger office to a smaller and less expensive office; what changes need to be made to stay ahead of the competitive landscape architecture industry when there are little to no resources to spend?
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