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Old 03-01-2015, 05:30 PM
ken56 ken56 is offline
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Lawncare would be a new business for me. Franchise or not? Weedman, Grounds Guys, US Lawns, or go it on my own? Lots of opinions out there, just wondering about any updates for folks already in a franchise system. Would you do it again? Guys doing it on their own…do you ever think about going the franchise route?

Thanks in advance for feedback.
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:28 PM
hydemow hydemow is offline
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A couple guys here had there own company for about 5-6years and then went with grounds guys. As far as I know things are going well for them. And growing quite a bit
01 f-250 300gal spray tank
15 3500hd irrigation body
05f250 w/18’ trailer 2 60’’lazer z, vantage52’’,33’’ wb
14 NPR w/16’bed 2 deere z930m,deere 652r
09 NPR w/16’bed 2 60’’lazer z, vantage52’’
13 chevy 3500hd flat bed 400gallon tank w/ zspray
14 chevy 3500 dump truck w/2014 Deere 326E(landscape)
Dirt work
14 chevy 3500 flat bed w/2014 cat 257d
15 chevy 2500hd w/2014 cat 257d
06 Chevy 5500 w/2015 Deere 329e
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:26 PM
Mike Blevins Mike Blevins is offline
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There is alot of inormation on here about this subject. Being a Grounds Guys fanchisee I can tell you it takes alot of hard work either way. But if your going the franchise route I can give you the best advice. You have to be willing to get out and promote your business. If you dont get out there and do the foot work it WON'T work. There is so many things that being a franchise owner has help me with. From major discounts on equipments to access to nearly 200 other Grounds Guys franchisees. Also unlimited business training and a franchise consultant that has nearly 40 years in the business to help out with day to day operations. I will say this, I'm no where near where some of the other franchisees are with their business but if I wasn't a Grounds Guys owner I wouldn't have made anywhere ner the money I did in 2014. Working on adding services and a goal of doubling my gross fo 2015.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:35 AM
M50V M50V is offline
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Im in the same boat, looking to go franchise, Ive done this on my own for almost ten years, couldn't ever get over the hump (my hump was $450k-ish). Im currently talking to three, one is turning me off with the hard sale, one doesn't seem to have a lot of backend support, or post-sale support from the research so far, and one has caught my attention, we will see what happens.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:39 AM
ken56 ken56 is offline
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Thanks for the feedback. I think franchises are like anything else. Some are better than others. It just takes due diligence on our part to find out which is the best fit.
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