Franchisee Community Involvement

Giving Back

Whether you’re an independent entrepreneur or a member of a franchise system, it is important that you remain an active player within your community. Small business isn’t just about selling your product or service (it never has been!) — it’s also about immersing yourself within the community that you serve, to the point that you become an inseparable, irreplaceable part of the collective whole.

Here are a few ways to start establishing a community presence:

  1. Attend public events. Whether it be an event for local business owners or the annual town parade, be there. Mingle. Get to know the people in your community. Once you’ve gotten comfortable, you might consider taking your involvement one step further by actively contributing your time or expertise to a local cause.
  2. Hold an open house. Plan a barbecue or an open house at your place of business. Allow non-customers to come out and try your products or services for free or at a reduced cost. Become a true community ambassador by embracing those that live in your local area.
  3. Dedicate yourself to a cause that you hold near and dear to your heart. Weed Man franchise owners feel strongly about enhancing the outdoor environment. As a result, many individuals in our network volunteer their time or services to events that are dedicated to beautifying local green spaces. Take a similar approach by participating in (or spearheading!) community events that are meaningful to you and your company’s mission.
  4. Take a one-on-one approach. Form bonds with your neighbors and customers outside of a work environment. Get to know the people who have made your business a success and assist them in accomplishing their own community improvement goals.

Success comes in many forms. Often, giving back to the community on a personal level or through your business is one of the greatest successes of all.  Start establishing a strong community presence by immersing yourself in local events and getting involved with meaningful, fulfilling projects.

Check out Weed Man’s Community Sponsorship initiative here.

Weed Man’s Top 10 Quotes on the Importance of Hard Work

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  1. “Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it away from you.” -Mark Cuban
  2. “Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.” -Frank Ocean
  3. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” -Estee Lauder
  4. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” -Tim Notke
  5. “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” -Wayne Gretzky
  6. “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” -Tom Hanks
  7. “Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.” -Henry Ford
  8. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.” -Thomas Edison
  9. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell
  10. “We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson


Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for an affordable investment, a business owner looking to diversify, or simply eager to become your own boss, Weed Man can help you achieve your career aspirations. We’ve got the systems, training, and years of expertise needed to set you up for success.

Visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333 today for your free consultation.

Weed Man Franchisees: Providing Career Opportunities in Local Communities

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When you become a Weed Man franchisee, you don’t just open a window of opportunity for yourself – you also create a world of potential for career-oriented individuals within your local community.

Weed Man provides jobs for thousands of people each year, from Customer Outreach Representatives to Sales & Marketing Managers to Lawn Care Technicians, and everything in between.

Weed Man Dayton, Ohio was recently featured in the news when long-term employee, Christian Ruvalcaba, was promoted to Marketing Director for the local branch after moving up through the company. Having started with Weed Man as a student canvasser, Christian was able to build an amazing career for himself as a result of hard work and dedication to the brand. (Read the full story)

To learn more about opening your own Weed Man franchise, contact us today at 1-888-321-9333 or request more information here.

 

The Importance of Networking

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Networking is a buzzword that spans across all industries, and one that you’ve likely heard so many times that it’s beginning to lose all meaning.

If you’ve forgotten what networking really means and why it’s important for you and/or your business, let’s get back to basics. Networking is all about interacting with like-minded individuals. It’s often used as a tool to build contacts, learn from others who have a specific set of skills, or to advance one’s career.

Now that we’ve covered what networking means, let’s get to why you should be doing it on a regular basis:

  1. It’s often inexpensive (and sometimes free!).
  2. You may learn something that can help you improve one or many facets of your career or business.
  3. You’ll be able to pick the brains of experienced professionals in your field. This is especially helpful for entrepreneurs who are just starting out and could benefit from the perspective of a seasoned veteran or two.
  4. Networking events tend to be more relaxed and discussion-oriented. Instead of having someone speak at you, you’ll have many people speaking with you.
  5. You’ll be given the opportunity to collect business cards from your peers and distribute many of your own, drumming up business and building your database of valuable contacts in the process.
  6. You’ll be able to engage in a dialogue with others who are interested in the same topic(s) as you are…not to mention just as eager to learn and grow!
  7. Professionals often leave networking events with a renewed energy, determined to succeed at their latest personal or business-related task .
  8. Planned events usually have a fun social aspect, so you’ll be able to mix work with a bit of leisure time.

If your idea of networking involves creating a Linkedin profile, it’s probably time to branch out. Make an effort to research networking events planned for professionals in your field (or related fields), whether in your local area or out of town. The rewards could be endless.

Brought to you by Weed Man. For information regarding the Weed Man franchise opportunity, contact us today at 1-888-321-9333 or www.weedmanfranchise.com

 

FAQs: The Right Fit – Successful Franchise Ownership with Weed Man Lawn Care

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The Weed Man franchise network consists of hundreds of entrepreneurs from all across the United States who have made the decision to grow with a reputable brand. Have you considered making the move to Weed Man franchise ownership? If so, take a look at a few of our Frequently Asked Questions to find out if Weed Man is the right fit for you.

What are the traits of a successful Weed Man franchisee?

Our best franchisees are hard working, have good communication skills, hold themselves accountable, and are self-starters with the ability to follow proven, successful systems. They enjoy working with others and accept the responsibility of setting their own work schedule and hours. Candidates must have the enthusiasm and the ability to sell superior products and possess the desire to deliver high-quality service to consumers.

Do I need to have a lawn care experience to purchase a Weed Man franchise?

Definitely not! We provide advanced agronomic training and easy-to-follow systems that will help you succeed in your new role as a Weed Man Lawn Care franchise owner. Our National Technical Director, Chris Lemcke, has over two decades of industry experience and is always available to answer any questions you may have regarding Weed Man products or service.

What type of career background do I need to have to succeed with Weed Man?

Our franchisees come from a wide range of industries, including golf, IT, accounting, Christmas décor, landscaping, and pest control, just to name a few. That’s the true beauty of franchising – it allows individuals from all industries and career backgrounds to excel via proven systems already in place. As long as you have the desire to succeed, we want to hear from you.

I already have a landscaping business. Will this negatively impact my ability to purchase a Weed Man franchise?

Absolutely not. In fact, diversifying with lawn care is often a natural next step for many service industry business owners. Several of our top-performing franchisees have enjoyed incredible growth by adding lawn care to their existing landscaping or pest control business offerings. Weed Man’s comprehensive lawn care programs and cross-marketing opportunities allow you to offer a list of value-added services to your customer base while bringing new clients through the door. As an added benefit, Weed Man franchisees enjoy an impressive customer retention rate and recurring revenues, meaning that owners can focus their marketing efforts on net growth rather than repeat sales.

If you have any other questions, or if you would like more information regarding the Weed Man franchise opportunity, contact us today at 1-888-321-9333 or www.weedmanfranchise.com

Top 10 Quotes on Running a Business

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Business owners live in a world of risk and reward that can come with some of the greatest victories and the toughest defeats. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for a little mid-week encouragement to help keep you balanced, determined and on track for success, take a look at Weed Man’s Top 10 Quotes on Running a Business.

“There’s no luck in business. There’s only drive, determination, and more drive.”  – Sophie Kinsella

“The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” – Peter F. Drucker

“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’” – Jeff Bezos

“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” – Harold S. Geneen

“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” – B. C. Forbes

“Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” – Thomas J. Watson

“Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.” – W. Edwards Deming

“No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.” – Orison Swett Marden

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol

“Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.” – Walter Scott

Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for an affordable investment, a business owner looking to diversify, or simply eager to become your own boss, Weed Man can help you achieve your career aspirations. We’ve got the systems, training, and years of expertise needed to set you up for success.

Visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333 today for your free consultation.

Five Tips for Running a Successful Family Business

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For many Americans, running a family business is the ultimate dream. What’s not to like about spending extra time with loved ones, working toward collective personal and financial goals, and getting to be your true self – all while watching your family’s dream flourish?

But family businesses aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. Rivalries, hurt feelings, and differing opinions on how the business should be run can cause family-led companies to crumble and relationships to become strained. So how can families avoid these hurdles and achieve business success? All it takes is sticking to some basic principles:

  1. Communicate. When you’re involved in a family business, it’s all too easy to fall into a vicious cycle of assuming that your family members know you better than anyone and should therefore understand exactly what you want. This often leads to frustration and disappointment when delivery comes up short – which it will. Bolster communication within your family business by holding regular meetings where active discussion is encouraged. If there isn’t an ongoing conversation about what needs to be done and all of the what/where/when/why/who/how behind it, then your business simply won’t be able to be at its absolute best. Tip: when you speak to a family member, pretend you’re speaking to a non-family business partner. This will ensure open and clear communication among all parties.
  1. Use Constructive Criticism. Harsh criticisms can lead to bruised egos and low morale. Instead of putting family members down when their performance isn’t up to snuff, try offering constructive, helpful advice.
  1. Treat Employees Equally. Many family-led companies have several non-family employees involved in the business. In order to avoid discord among the masses, treat all employees equally. It will only breed jealousy and resentment if you make concessions for your family members but not for your other employees (or vice versa!).
  1. Leave it at the Office. Although it can sometimes feel impossible not to talk shop around the dinner table, try your best to leave everyday stresses at the office. Set aside time with your family members for fun activities like sporting events, meals out, and holiday get togethers. This will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, all while strengthening your family’s bond both inside and outside of the workplace.
  1. Prioritize. Keep in mind that family relationships are always more important than business disputes. Don’t allow a difference in opinions to spark a bitter rivalry between members of your family. Sometimes it helps to take a “just let it go” approach and realize that in that particular battle, there can’t be – or won’t be – a winner. Dragging disagreements on and on will only cause injury to your personal relationships with the people you love most.

Want more insight from one of Weed Man’s own?

Chase Hillenmeyer recently spoke with Franchise Business Review about running a five-generation family landscaping business and multiple Weed Man franchises with his father and brother. Find out how they make it work by clicking HERE.

 

The Top 5 Ways to Get Customers to Love Your Business

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Building relationships with customers is a fundamental aspect of being a business owner – quite simply, you can’t run a business without clients. But what does it take to retain customers and build brand loyalty? Let’s take a look at the top 5 ways to get customers to love your business:

  1. Be Honest. All too often, business owners promise their customers the world and aren’t able to deliver when push comes to shove. If you’re looking to build lasting relationships based upon a culture of trust, then don’t make promises you can’t – or don’t intend to – keep. Foster a culture of honesty within your business by keeping communication clear, concise, and, above all, truthful.
  1. Listen to What Your Customers Have to Say…and Respond! While it is true that the majority of individuals only speak out when they’re unhappy, don’t let this deter you from listening to valuable feedback. If you’re confronted by an unhappy customer – whether through an online review site, via email, or on the phone – always be sure to listen and respond. Avoid becoming aggressive or confrontational. Often, a simple apology will do the trick and can convince an angry customer on the verge of severing ties with your business to stay with you for the long haul.
  1. Customer Service, Customer Service, Customer Service. Should we repeat that one more time? Nothing will help you improve retention more than enhancing the service you provide to customers. There really isn’t much that makes people happier than top-of-the-line support – especially in a day and age where it has become such a rarity. The key, however, is delivering the best service not just once, but time and time again. If you truly want to impress your customers and keep them with you for years to come, then you must consistently train your frontline staff to be friendly, enthusiastic representatives of your business.
  1. Say Thanks. If you have customers who have been with you for an extended period of time, don’t forget to say thanks! A small discount, priority booking, or extra reward points can go a long way. You want to show your clients that they are more than just a number and that you appreciate their patronage.
  1. Rise Above the Competition. Customers have many choices when purchasing a product or service. What makes you different? What makes you better? Don’t strive to be just another brand in today’s competitive market. Embrace your differences and make them public. If you offer a superior product, tell the world! If you offer a tool to make customers’ lives easier, communicate this to them each and every chance you get.

Getting customers to love your business isn’t as difficult as you may think. Sometimes all it takes is honesty, open communication, and tried and true customer service.

Brought to you by Weed Man. For information regarding franchise opportunities in your area, visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333.

Weed Man’s Business Plan

Weed Man franchisees come from several different backgrounds. Whether you currently own an independent landscape or pest control company or work in a completely unrelated industry, Weed Man offers entrepreneurs an opportunity that many franchise organizations do not. Not only do franchisees get the chance to experience recurring revenues and economic stability – they also receive one-on-one mentoring with their highly experienced Weed Man consultant.

Each and every year, franchisees sit down with their franchisor to create a road map to success, or in Weed Man’s terms, the business plan. But this isn’t just any business plan. The time spent with your franchisor will be used to go over everything from the number of employees required, to the amount of printer ink you’ll use – an ideology that began decades ago when Roger Mongeon, C.E.O., Weed Man USA, decided to get involved in the lawn care company as a franchisee.

He created a 10-year business plan – a practice he perfected while working in his decade-long career at Union Carbide. Today, Weed Man’s systems make up a large part of the company’s ‘secret sauce.’

“If you start off with great people and you stick with your commitment to taking care of your customers…and then you instill this cultural way of looking at your business through a business plan, that’s the heart of the franchise system we brought to the U.S.,” Mongeon says. “Through that we use people and systems to make sure once you develop the business plan, you can execute the plan.”

The business plan incorporates many factors of running a successful business. Over the two-and-a-half-day long meeting, franchisees and franchisor discuss the budget for the coming year, marketing tactics and hiring, equipment-buying and so much more. “Many people make a business plan, but they don’t make it alive throughout the year [like Weed Man does],” C.O.O. of Weed Man USA, Jennifer Lemcke states.

To learn more about franchise opportunities in your area, visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333.

 

10 Reasons to Love Entrepreneurship with Weed Man

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Being your own boss is something many people across the country dream about, but at Weed Man Lawn Care, we help those dreams come true. With proven systems, premium products and decades of industry experience, we take pride in offering entrepreneurs an opportunity to create financial stability for themselves and their families. Here are 10 Reasons to Love Entrepreneurship with Weed Man.

“Franchisee’s success is the most important thing to me. That is why the relationships between the corporate team and franchisees across the country are so trusting and personal. We are here to help owners succeed.” – Jennifer Lemcke, C.O.O., Weed Man USA

“I truly believe that the backbone of this country is the small business we are providing people within the community, with an opportunity to give back to the communities in which they live. It’s amazing to think that we’ve been able to serve 16,000 customers in the past year and hire nearly 300 employees to help take our business to the next level.” – Andy Kurth, Weed Man Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Green Bay, WI; Elgin, IL; Denver, CO; Austin, TX

“What attracted me to Weed Man initially was the quality of people in the organization. The lawn care industry had just gone through numerous mergers and acquisitions with many industry leaders that I had come to respect over the years aligning themselves with Weed Man.” – Jim McClure, Weed Man Roswell, GA

“I’ve always had a love for the green industry and my partners and I owned the landscaping business for 20 years before we purchased Weed Man as on add-on business. Once I saw the depth of support from Weed Man and the experience of the people driving the franchise, I sold my share of the landscaping business to focus solely on the growth of my Weed Man territories.” – Tom Mauer, Weed Man Springfield-Hartford, MA

“Business-wise, Weed Man just made a lot of sense to me. We already had a lawn care business at that time, but we really had no idea what we were doing… What really interested me about Weed Man when I read the article was their intent focus on the business side of operations: the processes and the systems. That was my cue to pursue the franchise.” – Stephen Hillenmeyer, Weed Man Lexington, KY; Nashville, TN

“We chose Weed Man because we wanted to invest in and grow a business that would achieve a larger return-on-investment than our independent landscaping and maintenance company in the long-term…[Weed Man] builds equity every year as it grows and will be much more valuable in the end.” – Sam Morgan, Weed Man Lake Norman, NC

“When we came across Weed Man, we believed that it was a match made in heaven. Weed Man lives by its ‘Promises Kept’ and hones in on being an honest company that takes great pride in their work. These values were important to us when seeking a franchise opportunity.” – Kim and Mark Kosberg, Midland, MI

“Weed Man USA has the necessary systems in place to help its franchise owners succeed. From business planning meetings to top-tier talent at the corporate level, every aspect of the franchise is very well-planned and executed…It has been extremely helpful to have an entire franchise system available to support and assist in [our] growth.” – Jon and Vicky Cundiff, Weed Man Kansas City, MO; Des Moines, IA; Springfield, MO; Fort Worth, TX

“Since 2009, I’ve seen consistent growth and have quadrupled the size of my business. The first year I opened my business I hit $300,000 in sales, and now our business is pulling in over $2 million in sales.” – Steve Sartorius, Weed Man Minneapolis, MI

“Pest control and lawn care services are a like science. They have similar governing bodies and licensing procedures. Since we were already familiar with the management side of the business, we knew it was a great opportunity to immediately leverage our client base and expand our service offerings to them.” – Steve and Chuck Russell, Weed Man Novi, MI

If you are interested in learning more about franchise opportunities in your area, visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333.