Behind the Scenes: Turning Prospects into Success Stories

Lately, it seems as though we have been writing one Success Profile after another when it comes to Weed Man USA franchisees (click here for one of our latest profiles). Of course, we’re not complaining, but it is likely that a lot of our readers wonder just how we do it! Well, there are many different factors that contribute to our company’s overall success, but prior to success comes finding the right people, building a relationship and introducing the many facets of our award-winning franchise system. Let’s take a deeper look at the behind-the-scenes of turning prospects into success stories, and all that goes into providing Weed Man USA franchisees with the smoothest possible path to success.

Finding Valuable Prospects

We receive a number of leads per week, from people who are interested in investing in Weed Man. As well as receiving an influx of incoming leads, we also put a lot of effort into targeting existing lawn, landscape and pest control business owners, offering them a great opportunity to diversify their services. We reach out to potential prospects by using various social media outlets, attending networking events and trade shows, such as the Green Industry Expo, as well as carrying out calling and direct mail campaigns, among other things.

Why Franchise?

Weed Man franchisees enjoy exclusive rights to the territory or territories they invest in. We also provide franchisees with an exclusive computer system, effective marketing systems, and dominant purchasing power. We are an award-winning franchise network and have an excellent reputation as well. Did you know Weed Man USA was named One of the Best Franchises to Buy, by Forbes?

Mutual Investigation

Next, comes the beginning of a usually long, but informative process. Various phone calls are scheduled with a Weed Man USA franchise consultant, in order to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for both parties. This is an imperative part of the overall process, as prospects are asked questions regarding their current career and finances. Our franchise consultant also takes the time to get to know prospects on a more personal level. Prospects are also encouraged to ask us questions in order to learn more about Weed Man and the opportunity as a whole.

Talking Testimonials

Once the various stages of the mutual investigation process are complete, we suggest prospects contact existing Weed Man USA franchisees, to gain an even better understanding of what the company is all about. Written testimonials are great, however speaking with a successful franchisee is even better! For the same reason, our franchise consultant will then set-up a meeting with Weed Man USA’s COO Jennifer Lemcke and/or the appropriate franchisor, to finalize the process.

Comprehensive Training

Once the decision has been made to hop aboard the Weed Man train, new franchisees will attend a 10-day training session held at Weed Man USA’s corporate office in Ontario, Canada, addressing all aspects of business operations, including administration, technical, marketing, business planning and budgeting.

It Doesn’t Stop There

Inevitably, the success of a Weed Man franchise really is dependent on a franchisee’s commitment and dedication to their business. At the same time though, ongoing support is a great benefit of partnering with us. Our team of regional franchisors includes some of the biggest names in the green industry. They are never more than a phone call away, and are always ready to provide franchisees with expert consultation as their company takes off. If franchisees ever require a refresher, they are always welcome to attend additional training sessions at our corporate office. Our franchisees are our business partners, and we’re all in this together!

Achieving Success

If owning a business is something that you’ve seriously considered, or if you already own a business and are looking for an additional profit center, Weed Man is a great option! We would be happy to meet you, guide you and help you form a strategic partnership. For more information on franchising with Weed Man USA, visit http://www.weedmanfranchise.com.

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Three Reasons Why Weed Man Businesses are Awesome

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur, but can’t decide on what industry you want to delve into? Do you own an existing business, but are interested in ramping up your growth? Weed Man could be your solution! Lawn care may not be ‘sexy,’ but it sure is profitable. We have managed to grow our annual revenue by over $40 million in just the last five years! People are hiring Weed Man to ease the burdens of maintaining their homes, and to help them free up more time to enjoy life’s pleasures. And by all means, we are happy to help!

Consumers recognize that hiring Weed Man is a truly compelling value when compared to the retail costs of products, as well as the labor that goes into mixing and applying those products. It is not uncommon for Weed Man franchisees to receive phone calls from prospective customers dealing with the angst of uncertain results incurred by “DIY-ing” their lawn. There are also environmental benefits of maintaining a lush and healthy green space, which further increases the demand for professional lawn care services.

Aside from these favorable demographic trends, there are a few other reasons why Weed Man businesses are, to put it bluntly, awesome!

Recurring Revenues

Recurring Revenues

A well-run lawn care company can count on the vast majority of its customers automatically renewing each year. For instance, fertilizer needs to be applied multiple times throughout the season and weeds don’t come and go on a schedule – they need to be tended to! This brings in recurring revenues and allows us to focus marketing efforts on net growth rather than repeat sales. Weed Man offers top-of-the-line customer care and so, majority of our customers are repeat business. In fact, Weed Man boasts an impressive customer retention rate of approximately 75-80%.

Economic Stability

Economic StabilityWeed Man businesses offer limited exposure to recession. While no business is recession-proof, lawn care is a low-cost and high-valued service, a small slice of the consumer’s disposable income that can add as much as 15% to a home’s value. In addition to these undeniable facts, Weed Man franchisees are always building on a growing database of renewing customers, creating equity and expanding their business in the process.

Facts & Figures

Year after year, research shows a significant increase in the use of professional lawn and landscape services. Some of these statistics include:

Lawn care services continue to be a desired service by dual-income families and maturing baby boomers. Across these demographics, consumers understand the value of a healthy looking lawn and landscape and enjoy the tranquility that a lush, green lawn can provide.

If owning a business is something that you’ve seriously considered, or if you already own a business and are looking for an additional profit center, Weed Man is a great option! We would be happy to meet you, guide you and help you form a strategic partnership. For more information on franchising with Weed Man USA, visit http://www.weedmanfranchise.com.

10 Tips to Maximize Your Productivity

Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day? You’re not alone! When you’re a business owner, especially, it can be difficult to get everything done. And although some distractions are inevitable, and you might think working through your lunch break will decrease your work load (TIP: it won’t!) – there are a number of ways that we, at Weed Man, maximize our productivity.

  1. Plan in advance. This might mean something different for everyone, but our first tip comes down to being organized. Spend a few minutes the night before each day to get on track and save you the hassle of stressing the next morning.
  2. Get plenty of rest. Being well-rested has been linked to productivity for as long as we can recall, and it’s true. Getting the suggested 8 hours of sleep per night really does wonders. Wake up refreshed and ready to start your day.
  3. Eat breakfast. As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it! Provide your body with the nutrients it needs (and deserves) to keep your energy up. Coffee never hurts either.
  4. Don’t just drive. Weed Man USA’s COO, Jennifer Lemcke, spends her morning commute brainstorming ideas for the day ahead. The drive to the office every morning is very important to her.
  5. Fashionably late isn’t fashionable. As a business owner, arriving to the office early is a great way to keep not only yourself on track, but also your employees. It also allows you to get more done – especially after that brainstorming session on your drive into work!
  6. Stay focused and have goals. Do you have certain tasks that you dread? Complete those ones first. Minimize your distractions –turn off your email notifications, commit to not surfing Facebook and turn your phone on to silent mode – in order to successfully keep your goals in sight at all times. If you have a number of things to do, try setting a timer for individual tasks and make it into a game.
  7. Give yourself a break. This is an important one. Taking time away from your desk is imperative for maximizing your productivity, whether it be taking a half hour lunch break or committing to not working on the weekends. This goes hand-in-hand with maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  8. Ask for help. “When you’re hit with a challenge, don’t think you’re alone. Reach out to others and listen to what they have to say, and learn. It’s okay not to have all of the answers. One of Weed Man’s biggest assets is having a great network to reach out to,” Lemcke says, while discussing her best advice for franchisees.
  9. Reward yourself. After a productive day, week, or month, don’t forget to reward yourself. Setting goals and achieving them is something to be proud of! Don’t forget to reward your employees for a job well done. A simple pat on the back is all it takes to boost office morale.
  10. Love what you do! Last, but most definitely not least, love your job. At Weed Man USA, we pour our hearts into what we do – and it is that, along with many other things, that has allowed us to become to #1 Lawn Care Franchise.

If you are a business owner, or if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, being productive is imperative. When franchising with Weed Man USA, we provide you with effective tools and an unparalleled support network, to help you stay on track and remain productive, in order to achieve success in your business.

If owning a business is something that you’ve seriously considered, or if you already own a business and are looking for an additional profit center, Weed Man is a great option! We would be happy to meet you, guide you and help you form a strategic partnership. For more information on franchising with Weed Man USA, visit http://www.weedmanfranchise.com.

Productivity

GIE+EXPO 2015 – Will You Be There?

The Green Industry & Equipment Expo is just around the corner. Join Weed Man as we ramp up for this year’s event in Louisville, Kentucky! We’ll be at booth #5019 from October 22-23. Pay us a visit and meet the support team behind our award-winning franchise network!

Whether you’re looking for a career change or for an opportunity to diversify and grow your existing business, we can help you take your career to new heights. We have helped hundreds of landscape professionals make their mark in the industry – you could be next! Our franchisees are growing an average of 20% annually and boast customer renewal rates of 75-80%.

Weed Man was recently named One of the Best Franchises to Buy, by Forbes magazine – thanks in part to our state-of-the-art systems, recurring revenues and unlimited growth opportunities. With over $140 million in system sales, we are the leading franchised lawn care company in the green industry. Year after year, Weed Man has been named the #1 Franchise in Lawn Care by Entrepreneur magazine. Currently sold out in Canada, we have seen rapid growth across the United States and we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon! Join us at this year’s GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky to learn more about our award-winning business model. Stop by booth #5019 to speak with various company representatives and find out what makes our franchisees so successful.

To receive 50% off your GIE+EXPO registration, click here: http://weedmanfranchise.com/news/2015-gie.html

See you soon!

GIE Expo