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U.S. Lawns Franchise Opportunity; Questions?

Discussion in 'Franchising' started by U.S. Lawns Home Office, May 6, 2010.

  1. U.S. Lawns Home Office

    U.S. Lawns Home Office Sponsor
    Messages: 11

    This is a great point and something you should discuss with our franchisees. Franchising is a heavily regulated industry and we are not position to disclose anything that could be construed as an earnings claim.

    Something else to consider... we have purchasing programs that provide our franchisees with discounted rates on equipment, supplies, plant material, etc. These discounts help offset some of the money you pay towards fees.
  2. U.S. Lawns Home Office

    U.S. Lawns Home Office Sponsor
    Messages: 11

    Great question and probably the one that is most frequently asked by those already in the business.

    We assist with this process, but it is still primarily up to our franchisees to develop relationships with individuals who make decisions on commercial properties. As a business owner, you want to be the one creating and managing these relationships ... not someone else.

    Now, we do provide marketing support and assist you in developing a database of prospective customers, based upon the reconnaissance we've done in the market and the data we've collected over the years on who our franchisees have success with (types of properties and businesses). Furthermore, we point you in the direction of organizations that are made up of individuals that manage commercial properties (organizations that U.S. Lawns brands to). Additionally, we do have a very active regional and national account program. Dependent upon your location/territory and the relationships we have in place, there may be some work that could be transitioned to you after moving forward with U.S. Lawns.
  3. trooper8870

    trooper8870 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    In regards to the equipment that US Lawns stated that you must have, that must not be true for one of your franchisees in West Tennessee. They have a F150 that looks like it was rolled down a hill and the trailer looks like it was attached. Looks RUFF. Oh yeah, they don't run commercial registration on their trucks or trailers as required by Tennessee law. They are on the verge of being an eye sore to the reputation that US Lawns wants to have. May need to look at whats representing the Corporation.:nono:
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Its called ROI :laugh: Just kidding, I know what you mean. I have seen them here in Phx. and they are definitely not concerned with image.
  5. George Mason

    George Mason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    How about residential accounts? Most of the information, make that all that I could find, on the US Lawns website as well as this site mention commercial work. Does US Lawns compete in the residential sector, is this forbidden by franchisees or frowned upon? HOA offer excellent accounts as do many residential jobs. It would seem if you have the equipment, the manpower, and the know-how that you would go after whatever work you could to meet the numbers you quoted above and lessen the impact of the royalty fees.

    Please let us know.
  6. U.S. Lawns Home Office

    U.S. Lawns Home Office Sponsor
    Messages: 11

    At U.S. Lawns, we place 100% of our focus on the commercial sector, which does include multi-tenet residential opportunities (HOA's, appartment communities, condo associations, etc.). Is residential work frowned upon? Yes (as far as our model is concerned). In our opinion, we would rather tie up resources pursuing and servicing commercial work. Our goal is to build sustainable businesses. Sustainable businesses are built around processes, systems, and work teams. The business service you are offering (and the overall business model for that matter) needs to be replicable. From our experience, the commercial sector provides the best market for this type of business.

    Is residential work forbidden? No. That is up to you as an owner. In the end, we believe this is a moot point. As an owner starts to truly develop his commercial customer base, we see little resistance to indivduals "phasing out" residential work.
  7. BCLawns

    BCLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I find it somewhat ironic that all of the U.S. Lawn crews I've ever seen ....... look like they just came from south of the border.:usflag:
  8. roclin

    roclin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    All this experience and short $29,000.
  9. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    what is your success rate? how many are still with the franchise 3yrs later, 5yrs, 10....?
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    what do you get for your initial investment of $29K????

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