Grounds Guys Franchise

Discussion in 'Franchising' started by sharpcuts, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. sharpcuts

    sharpcuts LawnSite Member
    from NE OK
    Posts: 78

    Just wondering if anyone on here has bought into this & what you think about it.
    My brother-in-law has been looking into it a little & asked me what I thought.

    I know there are alot of guys on here that would never consider a franchise.

    I want to hear from those of you that have first hand knowledge of this bunch.
    Pros & Cons.
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,472

    Never herd of them. Theres US Lawns, they wany you to invest 100kplus its rediciouls. You would be far better off purcahsing a exhisting busineess if the price was reasonable.
     
  3. sharpcuts

    sharpcuts LawnSite Member
    from NE OK
    Posts: 78

  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,472

    From my life experenceis I will say I wouldnt do it. They want 23k for nothing then Im sure they want you tpo purcahase trucks from them.

    A Franchise in lawncare really serves no purpose,a fast food franchise might be worth something. No one knows suhshine gras cutters bit everyone knows McDonalds
     
  5. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 2,876

    Got a call from them earlier in the summer. When they found out I was solo and in my 60's they said thanks but no thanks.
     
  6. stickleylawncare

    stickleylawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    Apparently the only franchise in FL is in my county, but Ive never seen them up her in the north part of St Johns. I see a US lawns truck and Brickman? every now and then. Tons of Valleycrest.
     
  7. z71tiger

    z71tiger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    I called them because I was curious. I Answered the questions they asked me and they said they would send me some information and call me back in a couple weeks to go over it, I never got the information nor a call back.
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  8. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,807

    do you think mcdonalds started out with 1000's of stores right out of the gate?
     
  9. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    Why pay someone $23,000 so you can mow lawns?

    Are they going to give you customers?

    Then as another poster said one franchiser wants $100,000.

    For what?

    If one has $100,000 they can buy a new 4wd pickup 1/2 or 3/4, trailer loaded with a 34" and 60" mowers, line trimmer, back pack blower, hedge trimmer, snow plow.

    What's that franchiser giving us for $100,000?
     
  10. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    I looked into them. I think that it would be a good opportunity for the right person. I spoke with a couple of guys who had the franchise and they had grown quite a bit and were quite happy with the franchise.

    Yes, there is an upfront fee and your equipment has to be up to their standards. You might have to buy new trucks or that sort of thing.

    It just wasn't for me. The reasons being that I pay my employees significantly higher than their model allows for. That would mean that I would have to likely start over in the employee department. I am also strongly committed to going cash only in my business and I was not ready to finance new equipment or finance the franchise fee.
     

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