Making the Transition

Being an eligible prospect for franchising with Weed Man doesn’t have much to do with your career background; in fact, we are proud to cater to anyone interested in joining the extended Weed Man family, so long as you have the right attitude and approach to ownership. Our network of lawn care professionals includes men and women from all walks of life and various careers.

Are you looking for a career change? Interested in being in control of your future and running your own business? Franchising with Weed Man not only gives you that opportunity, but also equips you with the necessary tools and support system needed to become successful. Making the transition from one industry to another can be a frightening and life-changing decision. Many onlookers believe that all Weed Man franchisees must have derived from a lawn care background, but this is not the case. See below for some of the many backgrounds our existing franchisees have come from.

Lawn and Landscape

If you have experience in the industry, making the transition to becoming a Weed Man franchisee will only be easier for you. We have helped hundreds of landscape business owners enjoy an additional lucrative revenue stream by diversifying with lawn care and, in turn, expanding their service offerings. If you own a lawn care maintenance business, aligning yourself with a nationally recognized brand could be a smart move. Because the majority of Weed Man customers renew year after year, a dependable model of recurring revenues becomes a part of your financial profile.

Pest Control and Other Green Industry Careers

Many of our franchisees have decided to diversify their businesses by adding Weed Man’s services to their pest control, nursery, or irrigation offerings. This is a great opportunity to cross market, giving franchise owners the ability to grow by appealing to a wider range of clients.

Corporate

Are you stuck in a corporate job, bored and looking for a change? We’ve welcomed candidates from teaching, marketing, and accounting backgrounds, and the list continues to grow each year. Our franchisees are their own bosses, have the ability to work outdoors, and learn new skills each and every day. Don’t have an agronomic background? No problem! We offer extensive, 10-day training for new franchisees – and we’re always there for anything you need along the way.

Military

At first glance, it may seem difficult to see the connection between lawn care and the military. However, the military demands structure, teamwork, and discipline – the very elements upon which a successful franchise is built. Weed Man believes in military personnel, past and present, and would like to help you transition back into the business world. Our military incentives are some of the best in the industry, and we are working hard to offer more every day. As well as being a member of the IFA’s VetFran program, we provide franchise fee discounts and different options of financing for qualified military personnel.

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 and 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 or to read our many Success Profiles on existing franchisees, visit http://www.weedmanfranchise.com.

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Why Franchise?

For soon-to-be entrepreneurs, the decision to start an independent business versus investing in a franchise should be an easy one! Check out our latest infographic ‘Why Franchise?’ for why franchising is the way to go!

For more information on franchising opportunities with Weed Man, visit http://www.weedmanfranchise.com.

Why Franchise

From Golf Courses to Lawn Care: Finding Success with Weed Man

Weed Man’s Terry Kurth recently spoke to us about his former role as a golf course superintendent and why he decided to embrace his entrepreneurial spirit and make a major career change.

  1. Weed Man FranchiseBriefly describe your educational background and early career.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Agronomy with a specialization in Turf Management. I worked at Nakoma Golf Course in Madison while going to college, which gave me incredible experience in caring for turf. I was hired upon graduation to become the Golf Course Superintendent at Peninsula State Park Golf Course in NE WI.

  1. Explain your transition into lawn care. Why lawn care? Why did you decide to leave the golf course industry?

After two seasons of being a superintendent, I realized that my chance for substantial advancement in that industry was limited and wanted to broaden my experiences. I was then hired by the Scotts Company in Ohio to give educational seminars around the country to golf course superintendents, landscape contractors and lawn care operators. While working for Scotts, I moonlighted in sales in the summer of 1977 for their former spinoff, Barefoot Grass Lawn Service in Columbus, OH. I had substantial success selling for them and felt I could go back home to the Madison, WI area and open my own Barefoot Grass franchise, which I did in March of 1978.  I grew it and my expansion areas to over $3,000,000 in sales and ultimately sold it to TruGreen in 1997 after they had acquired my franchisor.

  1. Why Weed Man?

Though set financially after selling my Barefoot Grass franchises, I was only in my mid 40s and certainly looked forward to more business challenges in my life. After I honored my non-compete agreement, I looked into starting anew with Weed Man. When I did my due diligence on their systems, branding, ethics and quality of people, I felt that it was a no-brainer in terms of joining forces with them. So I started over in January of 2001 with Weed Man in Madison.

  1. a) How has franchising helped you succeed?

Most people will spend way too many man hours trying to reinvent the wheel that a quality franchise system has already created. The training, systems, marketing concepts, support people and in-house consultants prove invaluable over time. I would bet that if a business study was done, it would be found that a franchisee in a given industry generally will outperform an independent in that same industry in the same market.

b) How has Weed Man helped you succeed?

It simply delivers what it says it will and goes beyond what it promises. The systems are unbelievable and the business planning is like no other. These two mandatory ingredients of success are exceeded by the people involved. The mentoring by all involved from the Weed Man franchising support staff is typified by great, caring attitudes and a desire to participate in your success. We now have reached about $5 million in sales for our franchise network in 14 years.

  1. What advice would you give to anyone considering making the transition into franchising?

Do your homework. See how the particular franchise you are looking at is rated by their current franchisees. Entrepreneur magazine does this for you. Talk with current franchisees and see if they are happy, are they buying more franchises, etc. Go to the headquarters of the franchisor and see if your culture and goals mesh with theirs. Once the decision is made, don’t look back. Bring a tremendous passion to succeed, make sure you can manage time well, compete with yourself in the initial year or two so you keep driving forward with your goals. The Brass Ring is there for most — you just need to have the intestinal fortitude to make the first step and then decide that failure is not an option.

To hear more from Terry, listen to his latest podcast HERE.

Looking to expand your current business or make a career change? Find out if Weed Man is right for you: call 1-888-321-9333 or visit www.weedmanfranchise.com