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Landscape Design Studio Resources

small business Oct 05, 2018


Hey guys, David here!

Being a small business owner is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

Here at Plans for the Future, we spend a ton of time with other small business owners. Jumping from coffee shop to coffee shop, we all love to share our experiences, we think we share because we all know it helps our fellow man. We tend to be a cottage industry, working diligently alone from our home-based studios yet continually interested in how others are figuring out their day.

We find that surrounding ourselves with those who share their resources makes a big difference. To hear another's similar journey helps promote encouragement and a sense of success.

That's why we have decided to start sharing our own journey. We are not sure exactly how yet but we want to begin by providing our own take on what we have done so far in our own small business. Greg and I want to provide our own roadmap to encourage others and provide hope that it is possible. Sure there will be many screw-ups along the way but we will learn from them and we intend to share them here on this blog. More than anything we want to provide a resource for other small business owners to learn from our mistakes and see that we all have something to share.

Below is a small list of what we call Landscape Design Studio Resources. From computers to online training, the list is by no means complete but a great start none the less. As our business grows we will share more thoughts on what resources we use and training we can offer but for now, this will have to do.

David’s Tech


Computer / PDA

iMac (27-inch)

Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory: 8GB 1600MHz DDR3

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2048 MB

iPad Pro




  • How to Win Friends & Influence People - https://itun.es/us/wnC2w.l - This book revolutionized David’s way of thinking when it came to how to treat those around him. He highly suggests this book for anyone in a management role or for those who wish to run their business with a sense of honesty and integrity.
  • The E Myth Revisited - https://itun.es/us/VRwRv.l - This is a fantastic book for any small business owner. The practices in this book will show the correct and healthy way of running a small business.
  • Residential Landscape Architecture: Design Process for the Private Residence (6th Edition) - http://amzn.com/0132376199 - This book covers the residential design process from the ground up. Basically, a how-to guide for those interested in residential design.

For a more comprehensive list of books David suggests see the links below...and yes he has read them all :)

Small Business - http://a.co/8yLp3eh

Land Planning - http://a.co/dQ03Lf2

Landscape Design - http://a.co/6ABx616

Online Training

Lynda.com - http://www.lynda.com - This is the very best resource online for training videos on software and business skills.


Greg’s Tech



Processor: PC - Intel Xeon CPU E5-2620 v3 @ 2.4 GHz, 6 Cores, 12 Logical

Memory: 32 GB DDR4

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

(2) 23” displays

All-In-One Copier/Printer: Brother MFC-8480DN

Document Scanner: ScanSnapix500 Document Scanner

Large Format Plotter: HP Designjet 755CM (Was actually hand built by a Stegosaurus)

Ipad Air


Old drafting table with Mayline, scales, rolling ruler, trace, mechanical pencil, and electric eraser. (This is for early-stage design.)


  • Vectorworks Designer (Includes Landmark) - Concept plans, 3D Modelling (BIM),  Presentation Graphics, Construction Documentation
  • SketchUp - quick 3D models, modeling from photos, and quick downloads of model geometry from the web
  • Google Business Apps: Email, Contacts, Calendars, Spreadsheets, General Documents, Presentations, and Advertising
  • Evernote: Notes & clippings management
  • Streak for Gmail: CRM & Pipeline management
  • Process Street: Business Process Management
  • Chrome
  • Horticopia - Plant photo books
  • Shotcut: Video Editing
  • OBS Studio: Video Recording


Financial, Business, Life: Greg's Productivity & Business book list

Landscape design: Greg's Amazon Landscape Design & Reference Book List


What about you? Do you have any resources that you use? We would love to hear about them.



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