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U.S. Lawns Franchise?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HOMER, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Has anybody bought a U.S. Lawns franchise and if so..........how did it benefit you over just starting on your own?

    I saw a guy the other day with his truck lettered up and really couldn't see much difference in what he was doing and what I am doing, other than he has to pay for that sign on the side of his truck. Surely they don't run around and get business for you.......they don't take the equipment payments out of the franchise fee do they?

    Where is the benefit at for this type of franchise? A McDonalds or Subway I understand.......a lawn service I have trouble with.
     
  2. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,374

    I've never seen a US Lawns before, are they a mostly southern franchise?
     
  3. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    Who ever pays 30,000.00 and a % of what they do to US Lawns. As the old saying goes A FOOL and his MONEY are soon parted.
     
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    The advantage of a franchise? Established name, lower advertising costs, they can negotiate better insurance rates, equipment prices because they are a bigger company. franchises have their Upside but you lose some money and flexibilty to get that upside with any franchise. I'm suprized there aren't more lawn franchisors out there. Scotts also has franchise ops.
     
  5. kppurn

    kppurn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 426

    I just noticed them around here this year. They do a few homeowners associations in the area.
     
  6. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,807


    i wonder if they do have a sales force that is included??
     
  7. tailoredlook

    tailoredlook LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    No sales force. What you get is $30k in debt for them to tell you to get a new truck, bigger shop new equipment and their computer program. So basicaly It cost you $30k to spend another $50 -$100k and wear someone elses name on your shirts and trucks.
     
  8. smlavin

    smlavin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    They haven't been around here for more than a year. At least I don't remember seeing their trucks before then. Now they have a very big presence in this area and a lot of commercial accounts. Two big new malls, banks, convience stores, etc. They have several rigs, 3 man crews. They are the big player in our area and they only just started. Is that worth 30K? I don't know.
     
  9. Frosty_03

    Frosty_03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 333

    But wouldn't you be like working for someone else, I don't know about the rest of you but I do this because I don't want to answer to no one but my customers. I for one cannot see myself paying 30K to have someone dictate how I am going to run my bussiness. :rolleyes:
     
  10. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    I suppose if you didn't have a clue about what you were doing they might be beneficial, otherwise I'd have to agree........it's just debt.

    I also don't buy that "purchasing power" bit. I bet I could go to my dealers around here and 1: They've never heard of them and 2: They ain't cuttin' me any slack on the price of anything because I bought the franchise.

    What difference would it make anyway.......what you could possibly gain in the equip purchase you'd lose in fees and royalty payments.
     

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