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Grounds Guys Franchise

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

  1. tiperrin81

    tiperrin81 LawnSite Member
    from GEORGIA
    Messages: 3

    Wow! I just sold my Grounds Guys Franchise in April. After someone reached out to me this week from a post I made a few years ago about the Grounds Guys, I decided to read some of these recent posts. And I have to say I am compelled to make a statement.

    First of all I have no affiliation with the Grounds Guys whatsoever after April 1st 2017. I was a franchisee from September 2014 to April 2017. I am not responding to anyone in particular though some of these negative assumptions are so far from the truth and when taken with context clues could very easily be classified as people who have no idea what they are talking about. These comments are not only ignorant in regards to Grounds Guys or franchises in general but also lack an understanding in even the simplest of general business concepts.

    With that being said I would hate for an eager entrepreneur looking for thier first or second opportunity to miss out on the life changing and unbelievably positive experience that I have had with the Grounds Guys. This business model is one of many vehicles to financial freedom through business ownership. it is not for everyone. It requires someone that is teachable and capable of being competently honest with themselves.

    I am willing to share my story with anyone about my experience with GG. It is not all rainbows by any stretch. If anyone would like to talk about my experience with Grounds Guys I would be glad to invest some of my time in telling you my story and answering your questions. I will be 100% honest about my struggles and victories owning a Grounds Guys Franchise. PM me if interested.
    Brian Marshall likes this.
  2. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 490

    The Dothan al office has closed... It seems like they last 2 or 3 years and their gone... Is it like this in all areas or just mine???
  3. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 497

    3rd year, royalties go UPPPP, and if you haven't figured it out by then and grown, you're going down......financially if not everywhere else.
  4. GaryBK

    GaryBK LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 345

    Your spelling was hard on my brain.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,485

    Mark Stark likes this.
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,183


    100k investment in a new business isn’t unreal.
    It’s a virtual myth that you can just run out and start up a business with a push mower and poof make millions.

    ed Laflamme did it
    Marty Grunder and Tony Bass did it.
    But we don’t know the names of everyone who failed ... a list that would make the Vietnam war memorial look small.

    if you don’t have a decent amount of money saved up to go into business you shouldn’t do it.
    Wait until you do.
    that is, unless baby needs new shoes and the family is starving - then do whatever you can to scrap up some dough.

    but going in well planned and financed is absolutely the preferred way.

    should you throw 100k at a franchise?
    I don’t know.
    They have existing knowledge , experience and marketing power you wouldn’t otherwise have access to, especially if you’re new to the industry.

    look at all the franchises like Pizza Hut or McDonald’s
    Plenty of business owners that aren’t professional chefs are now running and successful
    Can it work?
    Obviously yes.
    Do they take a lot of money from you?
    But people don’t talk about the money they lost on their own trying to “figure things out” or reinvent the wheel.

    the imaginary world of “corporations are greedy and evil” puts a taint of distrust on a franchise that’s not really deserved.
    I find it humorous people will put more value in the advice of strangers that’s free and risk their money on that, than willing pay for professional and proven franchise advice.

    I’m not advocating franchises
    I’m just saying there are countless ones in every community that are working.
    Limbourg, jonthepain and Mdirrigation like this.
  7. johnfaria68

    johnfaria68 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    buy your own gear get your own Customers let you work speak for itself there is plenty of money out there to make go get it you dont need a franchise to do it
    hort101 likes this.
  8. cooperthumb

    cooperthumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I think if you want to recreate the wheel.in your own image a franchise is not for you. I think if you believe what you do, the decisions you make, and the money you make to reinvest as you see fit then a franchise isnt for you.
    But a franchise does alot for you and you may have to take the blinders off to realize what they bring to the table.
    Do they have the marketing dept? Thru them can you execute on a mass scale a marketing plan that has data showing you how you will get sales?
    They can help you make a business plan and they can show you from 1st year to 1 million every year what that looks like and what you should be spending and how much you should be making.
    What about education? Do you have your own training dept because a franchise helps with that as well.
    What about buying power alot of vendors wont give you the price break a national buying agreement can. Not just trucks, mowers, blowers what about insurance, payroll services, fertilizer, uniforms?
    Yes most of them in our industry are pricey but it's what you want at the end of the day out of your business that will dictate if it's a good fit. They are there to help you grow some of the franchise models do a great job of this with support some of them dont.
    Yes I am a franchise owner for a portion of my business after 10years I bought a franchise for one aspect of our industry and I'm extremely pleased. I never thought rolling my company entirely under a franchise was a good fit.
    hort101 likes this.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,485

    I just got an email from these idiots.
    Mark Stark likes this.
  10. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,159

    Me too.

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