Why buy a franchise for $100,000 then pay 3% of your gross, then $275 evry month for advertising. When for $100,000 I can buy 2 trucks, two trailers, 2 large and small mowers, 2 blowers, 2 line trimmers, 2 stick edgers. But then I'll be complaining I can't find 2 good crew leaders and two good workers. Then spend $275 on your own advertising and keep the 3% of your gross. My business has been growing to slow. All I can afford is to put out flyers that I can run off for free at my evening job. I wish I had the $275 a month to spend on advertising.