Are You an Entrepreneur Looking to Diversify?

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Named “One of the Best Franchises to Buy” by Forbes two years in a row, Weed Man has helped hundreds of business owners diversify their services and enjoy the benefits of a new recurring revenue stream. We’ve partnered with existing business owners from landscaping, pest control, and independent lawn care backgrounds, just to name a few. However, entrepreneurs originating from outside of the green industry have also found tremendous success when investing in the Weed Man brand, as our comprehensive, ongoing training covers every facet of running a lawn care business – from agronomics and technical procedures to marketing and administration.

What Weed Man Offers:

  • Cross-marketing opportunities that help landscaping companies bring new customers through the door
  • An impressive customer retention rate (approx. 75-80%)
  • National buying power
  • In-depth business planning that will help our business remain current, within budget, and on track for success
  • Proven systems that increase efficiency and profitability
  • Comprehensive, ongoing training
  • Unparalleled support provided by regional consultants and our corporate team
  • Advanced marketing systems that work
  • Strong profit margins
  • Asset-building to help you secure your future and retirement

What Our Franchisees Are Saying:

“We have been able to show growth year over year since we bought our Weed Man franchise. It has proven to be a recession resistant business. Anyone looking at buying any type of business, regardless of if they are already in the green industry or not, should definitely consider a Weed Man franchise! The value of our renewing customer base and outstanding products/services is unmatched in our industry. We know that we are building a sustainable legacy to pass along to our family and provide a very nice retirement lifestyle in the future.” Kim & Mark Kosberg | Weed Man Midland, MI. | Owners since 2007

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If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today and find out how Weed Man has become the largest franchised lawn care company in North America.

Weed Man Franchisees in the News – Continued

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Continued from Last Week

Weed Man franchisees have been featured in numerous publications over the past several months. Take a look at some of our most recent secured placements:

Staying Green After 45 Years & Growing Like a Weed

Seasonal Pricing: A Clever Strategy that May Help Drive Sales

The Hillenmeyers Have Grown Their Landscaping Business with the Addition of Weed Man Franchises to the Mix

50+ Franchises for Every Budget

8 Ways Lawn Care Businesses Can Stay Afloat in the Off Season

Succeeding at Succession

2017 Annual Franchise Development Report

Winterproof!


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Weed Man Franchisees in the News

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Our franchisees are constantly innovating, giving back to their local communities, and participating in local causes and initiatives. To find out what Weed Man has been up to in the past year, take a look at some of our 2016 media spotlights below!

This Weed Man Smokes His Competition in the Lawn Care Business

Aurora Entrepreneur Receives Customer Loyalty Award from Weed Man USA

Annapolis Business Receives Marketing Performance Award from Weed Man USA 

Minneapolis Entrepreneur Receives Emerging Leaders Award from Weed Man USA

Roswell Entrepreneur Receives Online Outreach from Weed Man USA

Farmington Hills Business Owner Organizes Flint Water Donation

Fox & Friends Forecast for Franchises: Businesses Growing in 2016

Are You an Effective Leader? 3 Questions to Ask

The Lazy Homeowner’s Guide to Prepping the Lawn for Spring

Finding the True Value in Creating Online Content

Mother and Son Open “Grassroots” Business

Curb Enthusiasm: 5 Tips for Boosting Your Home’s Exterior Appeal

Attracting and Managing Millennials

For more samples of Weed Man in the media, tune in next week!


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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.

Franchise Today & Weed Man USA COO Jennifer Lemcke

Recently, Weed Man C.O.O. Jennifer Lemcke was invited to participate in a discussion with Franchise Today, an online radio show discussing what’s going on in the franchising world, serving up discussions with weekly guests and touching on best practices for building and growing sustainable franchise brands.

Host Stan Friedman and Lemcke touch on the tremendous growth Weed Man USA has experienced in the past decade and Weed Man’s title as the fastest growing franchise in lawn care. For the second consecutive year, Weed Man has been named One of the Best Franchises to Buy by Forbes magazine and with an initial investment of under $150,000, it’s no wonder the lawn care franchise has seen so much success.

“Our strategy in the U.S. has never been to differ from quality. We do have some good competitors at a national level…but between us and [them], I would boil it down to [the quality of] our fertilizer…and that’s been a staple [for us],” says Lemcke when asked about Weed Man’s strategy.

You can learn more about Weed Man’s exclusively-blended, golf course quality fertilizer HERE.

There are several things that set Weed Man apart from other lawn care franchises. For instance, during our off-time,“[In November, we do budgeting and] our business planning, which is unreal – top of class, not only in our industry, but top of class in probably most industries. We do zero-based budgeting with our franchisees and a business plan with each and every one of our franchisees – the crutch to all of our systems,” Lemcke states.

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To listen to the entire podcast and learn more about the Weed Man opportunity, click HERE.

For more information on opportunities in your area, visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333.

Success Profile: Grant & Kyle Faulk

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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!

 

Weed Man’s Top 10 Quotes to Inspire Success

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At Weed Man, we have plenty of success stories to tell. But, we’ve been in your shoes and look at where we are today – Weed Man is One of the Best Franchises to Buy, as reported by Forbes and North America’s Fastest-Growing Lawn Care Franchises, according to Entrepreneur magazine (among many other accolades). Getting started can often be the hardest part of any entrepreneurial journey; but if you have the will, there’s a way. To fuel your fire, here are our Top 10 Quotes to Inspire Success.

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

“Talk and give your opinion, but also listen, reflect and take to heart what other people have to say.” – Jennifer Lemcke, C.O.O., Weed Man USA

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing…is not starting something.” – Seth Godin

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – Sara Blakely

“Everything started as nothing.” –  Ben Weissenstein

“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” – Adam Osborne

“All of us do not have equal talent. Yet, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.” – Ratan Tata

If you are interested in learning more about the Weed Man franchise opportunity, visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333.

Happy Customers

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At Weed Man, we are extremely customer service-oriented. We try our very best at all times, to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations; because not only are we committed to the environment, we are also committed to our philosophy of “Promises Kept.” We offer customers open and honest communication and educate homeowners to ensure they are equipped with the information to help their lawn meet its full potential. The true value of Weed Man’s services is realized only when both the company and the customer are doing their part. But it doesn’t stop there! Here are some helpful tips for keeping your customers happy.

Train Your Employees.

At Weed Man, our employees are the backbone of the company. We take pride in offering ongoing training, to ensure all staff is equipped with the skills and tools necessary for providing excellent customer service.

Look Professional.

Dressing the part is half the battle. If your business doesn’t already offer employees branded uniforms, we suggest considering it! Weed Man technicians, customer outreach representatives and other in-field staff members are given uniforms to help create recognition throughout local communities, and to promote a professional, put-together look. If uniforms are not an option, try implementing a dress code to ensure every employee is meeting your company’s attire standards.

Pay Attention.

It’s imperative that you hear what customers are saying. Feedback, whether it is positive or negative, can help your company improve and grow…successfully! Communication is a two-way street. Saying that, there’s no point in listening if you’re not going to take customer feedback seriously. Point of sale dialogue is a crucial part of the process. Customers will surely use these encounters to form an overall opinion of your business.

Be Honest and Open.  At Weed Man, we pride ourselves on offering customers open communication. If we make a mistake, we own it. If customers are not satisfied with the results on their lawn, we will visit their home within 48 hours to resolve the situation.

Communicate. Stay in touch with your consumers. Creating a relationship with them will make them feel more at ease and with that, the likeliness of referrals and continuous service increases. To stay connected, consider writing regular emails and/or e-newsletters (we suggest about twice a month), create useful and informative marketing pieces and even consider making phone calls to ensure they are happy with the service they’re receiving.

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

5 Reasons Why Keeping It Simple Works

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In today’s day and age, technology is constantly evolving and making our lives more fun and certainly more interesting, but at the same time, it can sometimes make life just a little more complicated. Don’t you agree? Weed Man boasts over 45 years of experience in the industry. We are constantly innovating, but our core values and ideologies have always remained the same. The Weed Man system provides protected territories, comprehensive training, exclusive computer and marketing systems, dominant purchasing power and a commitment to training…the roots to our successful green industry business and some of the largest factors that contribute to being nationally recognized by Forbes magazine as One of the Best Franchises to Buy, by Entrepreneur as the #1 franchise in lawn care, by CNBC as one of nine franchises that can make you rich, as well as many other impressive accolades!

How do we do it? We keep it simple!  Here’s why:

  1. Everyone can grasp it. Not everyone is as technologically-inclined as Mark Zuckerberg and at Weed Man, we are well aware of that. The more complicated the systems are, the greater the risk. By keeping our systems user-friendly, we are increasing the network’s chance of success.
  2. It’s easier to duplicate our successes. As they say, if something works, why change it?! Last year alone, Weed Man USA reported over $82 million in system-wide revenue. We must be doing something right!
  3. The results are measurable. In everything we do, our systems have been conceived, tested, refined and ultimately proven to increase efficiency and profitability. We have taken the time to create standardized procedures that are based upon measurable results to ensure success. It’s imperative to know what’s working and what isn’t.
  4. It requires less to achieve greater. Keeping the strategy simple is effective because it allows everyone to better understand the use of our systems, as well as the results, ultimately shortening the necessary training process and accelerating the time to overall business success; and thus, watching the company experience exponential growth.
  5. Customer retention. As written by Harvard Business Review ‘Many brands lead consumers down confusing purchase paths. The savviest ones simplify and personalize the route.’ We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Keeping the sales process straight forward, makes it easier to for the customer to understand and therefore, increases revenue and helps the business achieve success.

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. We look forward to hearing from you!