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If you're thinking of joining the ranks of commercial landscape contractors, U.S. Lawns can help! Now is an exciting time to join our industry, and the flexibility you'll enjoy as a franchisee is appealing to anyone looking to change careers. Ours is a great franchise opportunity for anyone with the desire and drive to run their own business, but we're particularly excited about helping veterans to start their new careers. Take a look at a few reasons why U.S. Lawns is an excellent franchise for veterans who are looking for a new career in civilian life.

Enjoy the Flexibility You've Been Craving

If you're coming from work experience in the military, chances are you're used to working under a highly-regimented schedule that leaves little room for you to make your own choices about how to spend your time. One of the greatest benefits of owning a franchise is that you'll be able to decide for yourself how you'd like to spend your work day. Think about what you'd do if you were able to decide your own working hours: more time with family? Learning a new hobby? Just relaxing? Owning a franchise takes work, but with the flexibility you'll enjoy, you'll often be able to determine how and when you'd like to be working.

The Chance to Get Outside

For many veterans, the idea of working a desk job can be daunting. If you're used to being up and about, being stuck at a desk all day doesn't sound like much fun. If you're an outdoorsy type, U.S. Lawns might be just the franchise opportunity for you. You'll be able to work side-by-side with the commercial landscape contractors you'll work with, and can even join them on job sites if you choose. The beauty of a franchise like ours is that whether you'd like to spend more time at your desk or outdoors, you can set your own priorities depending on your preferences. The best part? As your franchise grows, you can transition from working in your business to working on it, so you will always have a new challenge to tackle as a business owner.

A Time-Tested Business Model

As a former member of the military, you understand the value of efficient policies and procedures. When you work for U.S. Lawns, we'll teach you everything you need to know about our time-tested business model. When you follow our system, you'll be able to grow your new business as efficiently and effectively as possible. The beauty of franchising is that you'll be able to take advantage of time-tested systems like ours, but you won't be required to slave away according to someone else's schedule (as you would in a corporate job). Our training program is fine-tuned to teach you everything you'll need to know in order to get your business up and running smoothly. If you're willing to learn the ropes of working with our commercial landscape contractors, you might have just what it takes to thrive as a U.S. Lawns franchisee.

These are just a few reasons that U.S. Lawns is just the company you've been looking for to help you join the ranks of the best commercial landscape contractors around. Contact us today to learn more about what it takes to become a franchisee!

deeply committed to treating our customers with respect, honesty, and integrity, and we strive to develop lasting relationships by always acting according to these values. With so many lawn care franchises to choose from, it can be difficult to find the one that's right for you. Here's how we provide excellent service without compromise, making us stand out from other brands.

Professionalism First

In the lawn care and landscaping business, it's not always easy to look your best. Our job requires our service providers to get dirty by nature – when you're mowing lawns, planting trees, and replacing topsoil it is tough to keep your khakis pressed! Many landscapers don't bother to look professional when they show up to job sites because they know that they're about to get dirty. However, interacting with customers in dirty old clothes can sometimes make people uncomfortable, taking away their confidence in your service. That's why we encourage our franchisees to get off the truck and manage rather than work in their business. This helps our franchisees to always look their best, going to job sites and meeting with customers in a branded polo and khakis, with a general professional appearance. Putting our best foot forward  at all times shows the customers we work with that we value their businesses, and we're willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.

Integrity in All of Our Interactions

You don't get to become an industry leader if you're not offering excellent products and services. We strive to show strong integrity in every interaction we have with our customers. For instance, we work together with our clients to develop a five-year plan for their landscape, helping them to develop a realistic idea of what their landscape could look like with our assistance. We help them to decide what kind of landscape they'd like to achieve, and then show them all of the possibilities based on factors like their geographical area, the life cycle of plants, and more. By always coming through and offering excellent landscaping services, we show our customers that we're a great reliable source to keep their property looking great.

Service With a Smile

We want to leave our customers feeling great every time we visit their property. We achieve this by offering great customer service in every interaction. Whether they're calling to schedule or reschedule a visit or to rethink their landscape altogether, U.S. Lawns stands out from other lawn care and landscaping services because of our dedication to making customers feel valued. Through kindness, punctuality, and respect, we show our customers that we're invested in making their property look great, and that we really care about their business. This attention to customer service is one of the key reasons we're able to develop lasting relationships with our clients.

These are just a few ways that U.S. Lawns prioritizes customer service, and stands out compared to other lawn care and landscaping companies. Contact us today to learn more about what it takes to join our team by opening your own U.S. Lawns franchise!

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The commercial lawn care services business is booming, and now is a better time than ever to open a franchise of your own. U.S. Lawns has been in business since 1986, and we have three decades of experience helping new franchisees to get their landscaping businesses up and running. We're the perfect choice of partner to get you started in this exciting business! If you're thinking of partnering with us, check out these interesting facts about the commercial lawn care services industry below:

#1. Commercial vs. Residential Services

U.S. Lawns deals exclusively with commercial clients. If you're new to the business, you might be wondering why we choose not to accept residential work as well. The fact is that commercial landscaping has a number of advantages over residential landscaping. For one thing, commercial properties need our services -- we help them to maintain a comfortable and professional appearance so that their customers and residents have an enjoyable experience on their property. For them, our services are a necessity, while residential customers often see landscaping services as a luxury that can be eliminated when their budget changes. Furthermore, commercial clients work with us based on a contract, helping to give our franchisees stability and predictability. Residential clients, on the other hand, often pay as they go for services with no contract, making it difficult to predict how long they'll be a client for.

#2. The "B2B" Model

Another interesting fact about our business is that we operate within the B2B (or "business to business) model. That is to say, we offer our services directly to other businesses rather than to the general public. Working with other businesses has a number of advantages, not the least of which is that they need our services. Because we provide necessary services, businesses are less likely to terminate our contract when the economy changes. This makes our business more secure when it comes to ebbs and flows in the economy.

#3. A Five-Year Plan Helps Us to Build Relationships

When you become a U.S. Lawns franchisee and begin to offer commercial lawn care services, you'll help your customers to develop a five-year plan for their landscaping. Many people don't realize the level of care and maintenance that goes into even simple plants. You'll help you clients to develop a five-year plan that takes into consideration the life cycles of the plants they choose, the changing seasons, and much more. By working hand-in-hand with your clients to develop this plan, you'll establish yourself as a trusted partner when it comes to the beautification of their property, and you'll demonstrate to them how important it is that they think long-term about their landscaping needs. Building relationships like this is the key to keeping long term clients, repeat business, and positive word of mouth as a business owner.

These are just a few interesting facts about commercial lawn care services. With more than 30 years in the business, US Lawns has the experience to guide you as you break into our business. Contact us today to learn more about becoming a franchisee!

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When we start working with a new franchisee candidate, a common question we get asked is, “How do I transition into a business owner?” Starting a lawn care business is a big change for a lot of our franchisees, so we understand why this is a concern pops up.

To illustrate how we help our franchisees succeed, we got together with one of our newest franchisees. Sushant Shah is the owner of our Modesto, California franchise, and he chatted with us about his experience joining the U.S. Lawns franchise family.

On Mentorship

The word Sushant uses to describe his experience is unique. “This is a unique experience … to find a band of franchisees with such a high level of camaraderie,” he says, “It has had a positive effect on me, and I am really grateful for my affiliation with U.S. Lawns.”

Demonstrating this camaraderie, he has worked closely with another franchisee as he was starting a lawn care business with us. Sushant says that Owen Smith, U.S. Lawns owner in Sacramento, California, was integral to his initial success, introducing him to other franchise owners and always helping others with his “pay it forward” attitude.

In addition, the business development team is a huge help to new franchisees. In Sushant’s words, “The team is readily available, competent, and consists [of] diverse experience within the landscape industry.”

On the Power of the Network

One of the things we are most proud of is the power of our network. In over 30 years we have become the No. 1 commercial landscaping franchise, earning a national reputation for excellence. During that time, we have built a strong network that helps each new owner as they are starting a lawn care business and throughout the life of their franchise.

Sushant has found the U.S. Lawns network to be very useful, saying, “The buying power … includes partnered vendors, providing easy access to … vehicles, equipment, supplies, and services.” He adds, “My experience so far is such that I have found U.S. Lawns has upheld its end of the bargain of support.”

On Confidence

During his first conversation with Todd – that’s Todd Chapman, Director of Franchise Recruiting and one of your most important sources of information as you start the process – Sushant learned that confidence in the system is absolutely necessary to succeed.

In short, U.S. Lawns is confident in our name, brand, and model, so much so that we guarantee our franchisees success regardless of their industry backgrounds, as long as they put in the same amount of trust and effort in the system as we do.

Sushant puts it more succinctly: “It is certain that I would not have made the decision to become a business owner if it wasn’t for the U.S. Lawns franchise system.”

In short, Sushant has been pleased with the U.S. Lawns startup process.

Are you ready to join our franchise family? Now is the time to get started! Reach out to us and we will be in touch with you to discuss the next steps.

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Owning a landscaping business depends on the customers. Even when you join the proven U.S. Lawns system, you still have to put in the work to find clients and show them you are dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. Here are 4 tips for marketing your business to find (and keep) loyal clients.

Professional Image

Probably the most important thing that we instill in our franchisees is that their image is everything. In our business, the image and reputation of your company makes all the difference in landing new customers (and keeping the ones you have). Owning a landscaping business requires that your customers are confident in you, your crews, and your service because often commercial property manager jobs can depend on the quality of work that you do on their landscape.

Creating a professional image starts small: Clean crews, nice polo shirts with the U.S. Lawns logo, professional-looking invoices, and so on. These may seem like little things, but they show existing and prospective clients that your business pays attention to the details, an important trait in a commercial landscaper.

Marketing Resources

Owning a landscaping business as part of the U.S. Lawns franchise family, you are at a great advantage over the competition. Not only are we a national brand with proven systems and an amazing training program, but we are well-known for the resources that our franchisees use to succeed.

A useful resource for our franchisees is our turnkey marketing program. We have an experienced team of marketing pros who put together marketing resources – things like flyers, email campaigns, and signs – that show potential customers that you are competent and trustworthy. In addition, we make the entire process of getting a new customer easy, because we handle the appointments and initial contact for you, then let you know when and where. This takes the burden off you so you can focus on your work.

Multi-Faceted Approach

The key to owning a landscaping business and marketing it well to new and existing clients is making people aware of the services you offer. There is no marketing silver bullet, so you need to have a multi-faceted approach when you are attracting customers.

Your business will be remiss if you do not use online sources like social media, emails, and a great website because a strong internet presence is essential these days. But physical, printed materials like flyers and business cards will help make people aware of your business as well. In addition, as a local business, make sure not to overlook sources like TV, radio, and newspaper where applicable.

Customer Service

The best marketing technique is providing outstanding customer service to each and every client you work with. Customers now have more choices than ever; if they don’t like the service you provide they have the option to go somewhere else, so your customer service needs to be on point on every single job. Giving an over the top service experience to your customers leaves them impressed with you and the work you do, creating loyal customers and even turning into word of mouth referrals.

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Owning your own business comes with many benefits. The first thing that comes to mind may be earning a larger income, but in our experience more entrepreneurs are looking for a way to have a career they can be proud of. Investing in lawn care franchise opportunities is a way to do that, because our industry is full of ways to do something worthwhile.

Here are three ways franchising lets you build a business that will make you proud.

Independence Plus Support

Franchising is the No. 1 way for aspiring business owners to gain the independence they crave without missing the support and experience of a great network. Owning a franchise allows you to be a true business owner responsible for making all the big decisions that affect your business – your employees, your clients, and your schedule are all up to you. You have the independence to make these important choices and the power to know what is best for you and your employees.

Even as you have all that independence and control, you will have the ongoing support and guidance from your franchise network. Good lawn care franchise opportunities will have tools to guide you through the process from your initial training through hiring your first employees and beyond to growing your business with more crews and clients.

Financial Strength

While finances are rarely the only motivator for people who are going into business for themselves, they are often an important consideration for entrepreneurs. The potential to earn financial independence is a major draw, and owning a franchise allows you to do that. Even better, your investment empowers you to define what financial independence means to you so that you can get there on your terms.

Whatever your financial priority – sending your kids to college, retiring in comfort, buying the things you want without guilt – franchising presents a way to get there. The best part of owning a business is working hard knowing exactly what it’s for, and then seeing your hard work pay off.

Improving Your Community

As a business owner, you have the power to make a difference in your community. By providing employment opportunities, working on philanthropic efforts, and stimulating your local economy, your business is making a difference.

Even better, if you go into lawn care franchise opportunities, you will be improving your community in ways that everyone can see by beautifying the properties and green spaces in your area. It’s not just your customers who will like and appreciate the work you do on their landscapes; people from everywhere will be able to see the work you do and the way it makes your community shine.

U.S. Lawns is dedicated to improving communities and improving lives. We work closely with our franchise owners to help them build up their businesses and grow into great owners. An investment in a U.S. Lawns franchise is an investment in a brand built on values, and we are proud of that.

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Looking for a new career as a business owner leaves you with a lot of options. So how do you know what is right for you? A good first step in researching franchise opportunities is determining which industries are a good fit, so try to look broadly at franchises that fit your skill set and goals. A commercial lawn care franchise, for example, may work for you even if you don’t have experience in landscaping, as long as you want to be active and learn new skills.

Here are a few things to think about as you consider going into commercial landscaping.

Why Commercial Lawn Care?

The lawn care and landscaping industry is sustainable because nature is on your side. The economy has its ups and downs, but grass is always growing, so it always needs to be cut. It follows that commercial property owners and managers can’t have their landscapes looking like jungles, so they rely on professionals in any economic condition.

Are You a Good Fit for a Commercial Lawn Care Franchise?

It takes more than a passing interest in landscaping to be a strong franchisee. True, it is important to know how to cut grass and talk to customers, but a lot more goes into commercial landscaping than that.

You are a good fit for commercial landscaping if you are:

Plus, your franchise training will teach you what you need to know about the daily work to build your business, so passion and enthusiasm are most important.

If you’re looking for the leader in the commercial lawn care franchise space, look no further than U.S. Lawns. We are excited to offer our franchise opportunity to smart, hard-working people in territories all over the United States. Learn more about what makes our brand tick by downloading our ebook.

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It is no secret that there are a lot of landscaping companies out there. With so much competition, how does U.S. Lawns manage to stay on top? How do we keep our place as the #1 commercial landscaping franchise? What sets us apart in an industry with lots of options?

Brand DNA

The most important thing to know about U.S. Lawns is that we are a brand built on values. Our Brand DNA is at the core of everything we do, informing every interaction between corporate employees and franchisees as well as franchisees and customers.

At its core, the Brand DNA shows U.S. Lawns’ national strength, local commitment, and powerful network. Unlike the competition, we are a strong national brand that empowers our franchisees to complete their work with the passion that comes from local ownership. On top of it all, our owners use the power of our network to get training, resources, and guidance as they open and grow their businesses.

Our brand vision is 100% customer retention and 100% franchisee satisfaction. We remain so strong because we put just as much emphasis on taking care of our franchisees as we do our customers, so we ensure that our franchisees have the tools they need to succeed.

Commercial Properties Only

U.S. Lawns sets itself apart in the industry by exclusively servicing commercial properties. Other brands dilute their focus by offering residential landscaping services in addition to commercial landscaping.We have found that a commercial focus gives our franchisees greater revenue and growth opportunities because commercial contracts are typically larger than residential contracts. As such, U.S. Lawns franchisees are typically able to earn higher revenue with a smaller number of contracts. In addition, professional landscaping is a luxury for homeowners but a necessity for commercial property managers, so commercial work is more reliable.

Working on commercial properties lets you improve your community in ways everyone can see. The HOAs, hospitals, hotels, retail complexes, municipal properties, and more in your community will look beautiful and well-maintained because of your hard work, and there is no greater satisfaction than that.

The Service Business

Staying on top of the commercial landscaping industry is important to us, which is why we emphasize to our franchise owners that we are in the service business. While we are providing outstanding landscaping and lawn care, we are also providing excellent and consistent customer service.

Our clients can tell the difference between our service and the service by other landscapers, and it is no mystery why they prefer U.S. Lawns. We have set a high bar in the industry for meeting and exceeding our customers’ needs with customized service packages, a full menu of grounds care services for all seasons, nationally-trained crews, and professional, local owners. Our service makes all the difference, and our reputation shows it.

At the end of the day, U.S. Lawns is the best at what we do. We have worked hard to become the #1 commercial landscaping franchise, and we are proud to continue working to keep that spot. If you are ready to join our powerful network the time is now to reach out to us! We will be in touch with you to get started.

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Owning your own business is great – you are independent, have greater control over your life, gain important skills – but independent entrepreneurs often get hung up on the fact that they have to do it all alone. Without a supportive network in place, lone business owners are bogged down in the day-to-day aspects of their businesses, making it harder to grow.

Investing in landscaping franchises, on the other hand, grants you access to an entire network of people and mentors who help you get all the perks of business ownership without the stress of doing it all on your own. Here are some of the people that are in your corner from the beginning of your franchise journey.

Business Mentor

The person you will work with most closely when you get started as a franchisee as well as throughout the life of your business is your personal mentor. This mentor-mentee relationship is incredibly helpful as you transition into the role of franchise owner, especially if you are one of the growing number of lawn care professionals converting their businesses into landscaping franchises.

The personal business mentor guides you through the process of converting your business, showing you the ropes of the new franchise and helping you implement the tools that will help your business grow. Not only that, but a business mentor will be a source of support for you when you are learning how to balance your different roles and take on the responsibilities of franchise owner.

Corporate Teams

Join a franchise that comes with the power of a great network of experts who use their experience to help your business where you need it. One of the main benefits of investing in a franchise is the assistance you will get with things like marketing, which is an area that most owners of landscaping franchises aren’t experts in.

Professional marketing strategies and resources – created by professional marketing teams – have a huge impact on your business. It is important to cultivate a professional appearance in person and through marketing materials in any industry, but it is especially important in a service business like landscaping. Corporate teams help you create this professional reputation, using their experience to assist you wherever you need it.

Fellow Franchisees

When you join a franchise network, make sure not to overlook one of your most important support resources: your fellow franchise owners. These are the people who have been in your shoes before, and may have even overcome the exact challenge you are facing. They know all the tips and tricks to staying sane and being profitable and are a resource that should not be ignored.

Other franchisees are a great source anytime you need to bounce around ideas, come up with creative solutions to problems, or get answers to your questions. The other franchise owners know exactly what it’s like to be new to the brand or new business owners, so they can be fountains of information.

If you’re looking for a way to be your own boss or take your existing landscaping business to the next level, consider joining the U.S. Lawns’ network. Our brand is built on values, and we are the right choice if you want to scale your business and grow as an owner. Learn more about conversion opportunities!

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As a service man or woman leaving military service, finding a career and transitioning back into civilian life is one of your top priorities. Finding the right fit for your post-military goals and life is important as you exit the service, which is why some veterans are opting for commercial landscaping franchise opportunities.

Investing in a commercial landscaping franchise gives you the chance to work outdoors, use the skills you learned in the military, and lead a team, all with the help and support of a proven system (just like you are used to!).

Don’t Get Stuck Behind a Desk

When you are fresh out of the military, chances are you are used to doing physical work that is new and different every day. Commercial landscaping franchise opportunities give you the opportunity to keep doing that, especially for the first few years when you are building up your business, prepping employees, and establishing a reputation.

A few years on, you will be able to take a bit of a step back and start working on your business instead of in it. This is a great, natural progression for veterans who want to eventually transition into less physical work as they get older.

Use Your Military Skills

Military service teaches some valuable skills that service men and women use in their personal and professional lives. Those skills – problem solving, planning, integrity, technical skills, communication, and so many more – translate well into business ownership. These skills that are essential in military operations also are quite useful when you are running a team and setting goals for your business.

Be a Leader

A critical skill that service men and women learn is leadership, which is key if you are going to own and run your own business. The right leadership makes all the difference in any business, which is why veterans are so well-suited to franchise ownership.

Being a leader is more than just telling a team what to do, as any military member can tell you. Leading a business means that you will value your people, work as a team, and create a great company culture.

Benefit from the Network

The sense of camaraderie that comes with military service stays with veterans for the rest of their lives. Commercial landscaping franchise opportunities not only let you build that sense of camaraderie with your own employees, but you also get to work with an entire network of people. A franchise network worth joining will come with the support of a corporate network, individual business mentors, and fellow franchisees. All of these people are at your disposal to teach you everything you need to know about owning and operating your own business.

On top of that, a great franchise should have tools and resources at your disposal. Just like the military had training and ongoing support to keep you on top of your game, a franchise opportunity should give you that same kind of initial preparation and continual support where you need it.

U.S. Lawns has commercial landscaping franchise opportunities for veterans in territories around the nation. We are a great fit for vets like you who are looking for an outstanding network and an exciting business opportunity. Contact us to find out if you have what it takes to be a U.S. Lawns owner.

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