Market: Weed Man Dothan and Montgomery, AL
Number of Locations: 2
Education: The twin brothers graduated from Auburn University – Grant in Building Science and Kyle in Landscape Design.
Career Background: After graduating, Grant worked for Manhattan Construction and Kyle with Post Properties, both in Atlanta. Three years post-grad they decided to move back to their hometown of Dothan. They had always wanted to own their own business and decided to join forces to open a landscaping business, Lakewood Landscape Group in 2005. In 2010, the Faulks’ decided to purchase Weed Man Dothan as an add-on business.
Family: Grant is married to Elizabeth and they have two kids, Laura and Will. Kyle is married to Melissa and they have two kids, Whit and Libby, and are expecting this fall.
Why Weed Man? Our independent business had reached its five-year mark and we saw that the business would benefit from structured systems. We created our business from thin air and the lack of systems made it difficult for things to function smoothly and consistently. When we found Weed Man, we found a 40-year old business with proven systems and experience. We were attending a landscape conference in Tennessee to help our business and Weed Man was one of the sponsors. Franchising was never a thought of ours before but after the company’s presentation, we knew we found the missing link. Two years later we pulled the trigger and opened our franchise.
What are you most proud of so far as a Weed Man franchisee?
There have been many satisfying moments as a Weed Man franchisee and as an independent business owner. From a customer standpoint, when they renew their services with us and trust us to care for their lawn again the following year, we take pride in that. It fuels us to do better and continue to earn their business. From a business owner standpoint, seeing our team develop is the most rewarding thing. When you go from doing all the work, to training and coaching others to do that same work it is very rewarding. It continues to drive us to get better and provide room for growth for our entire team.
What is the key to your success?
We foster a culture of gratitude, hard work and respect. We expect a lot from our team but we try hard to show them how much we appreciate them. When people know they are appreciated and respected they are more likely to stick around and be a part of the future.
What’s next for you and your franchise?
We’re focused on growing and developing our team right now. There are many areas for us to improve and that is where we are putting our energy.
How do you balance both the independent business and Weed Man? That is a challenge that we get better at each year. We’re learning to set clear lines of responsibility that we can both operate within. We work closely with two consultants, Jason Cupp and Bob Coulter. Their leadership and wisdom along the way has been crucial.
Any entrepreneurial advice? The business model and systems at Weed Man work. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. It requires relentless energy, money, time and support from home to begin with. There will be many obstacles along the way but if you persevere and find good people for your team, you will be successful.
If you’re interested in learning more about franchise opportunities in your area, visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333 today!