Anyone own a US Lawns franchise

Discussion in 'Franchising' started by dfdsuperduty, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. dfdsuperduty

    dfdsuperduty LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone own a US Lawns franchise have any comment on owning one of their franchises I am considering purchasing one. I am leaving on sunday for florida to meet the big wigs?
     
  2. driver5

    driver5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    your gonna pay someone else while you do all the work? Have you tried to get your own yards?

    Just asking.

    I understand that they will get the accounts for you, insurance liability and what not.. but your gona pay for that
     
  3. dfdsuperduty

    dfdsuperduty LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    I have but cant break into the commercial industry
     
  4. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 377

    Franchise's suck! I owned a Rhino Linings dealership, they promise the world but they are a bunch of leaches, most are like that.
     
  5. fredski119

    fredski119 LawnSite Member
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    Dude, don't do it save your money! Just spend it on me Ill tell you how to run a business. I mean those U.S. Lawn guys want you to cough up BIG BUCKS and all for what on how to run a business. Just put your money into advertising you be fine. :hammerhead:
     
  6. driver5

    driver5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    Ive never tried commercial.. but I guess thats where better money is... But all I hear is that it is a pita to get paid.. and if someone underbids you by just a few dollars.. then your out. Kinda sux.
     
  7. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a U.S. Lawns franchise operating here locally. I see them everyday in the same neighborhoods I work in. Like them I mow residential and commercial lawns. With the price of mowers and equipment and the number of low-baller ads in the phone book and local trading papers I couldn't imagine starting a Lawn franchise right now. In the last 3 weeks there have been 3 different companies (Eastman chemical,Exide battery,and Bristol metals) announce a total around 700 layoffs locally. Thats not including Bushhog, Mack Tools, Columbus Mcckinon machinery, Electrolux, and Bristol Compressors. How many of these people are going to "start mowing yards"??
    I would give it a looooooong look before I was to jump into a franchise. The initial franchise and starting fees are pretty substantial I hear.
     

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