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Why is it hard to manage a national company?

Why is it hard to manage a national company?

by Dan Isard

“Why have some national companies had problems?” I have gotten this question more than any other one I have been asked in the past the years. I entered the funeral/cemetery world in 1984. There were several small- to medium-sized companies with big ideas. Many were privately owned. One was a public company. By the early […]

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Laying the Foundation

Laying the Foundation

by Dan Isard

When starting your business, take care of the basics properly and all the rest will fall into place. The first determination an owner needs to make is which basic structure to choose for the business. One challenge is that while you know much of how the arterial system works, you do not know how the […]

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Starting a Cemetery with No Experience Has Not Gone Well

Starting a Cemetery with No Experience Has Not Gone Well

by Dan Isard

Dear Dan, About 20 years ago my wife and decided to start a cemetery with two other couples. We knew nothing about the cemetery business before this venture began. We found land and a landscape architect. We hired companies to build some above-ground crypts and niches. We invested some of our cash and borrowed heavily […]

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Staying Too Long

Staying Too Long

by Dan Isard

A funeral home must evolve and serve consumers where they are or risk losing calls to the competition and perhaps even a slow demise. Note to Readers: This particular letter was delivered to my office rather than coming via email. Upon examination and based on the imprint on the back of the paper, the letter was […]

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Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

by Dan Isard

If you’re buying a cemetery that has funded its merchandise trust through surety bonds, you need to understand what that means and how it affects what that cemetery is worth. Dear Dan, I want to buy a neighboring cemetery. I was doing my due diligence and learned that all of their merchandise trust is funded […]

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