Every U.S. Lawns franchisee is different, but each one goes through the similar process to get where they are today. We have created an owner-operator franchise model and a training program that helps many prospects from a diverse range of backgrounds become franchise owners with a brand they trust, but what happens next? Here is an inside look at how franchisees spend their time in their U.S. Lawns operation, the work-life balance they can enjoy, and why investing in our brand name is better than starting a business from scratch.
Why Invest in a Franchise Instead of Starting a Landscaping Business?
It is a huge entrepreneurial dream to start a business from scratch, but what many new business owners may not anticipate is how hard it is to get their name out there to customers. What a franchise provides that independently-owned businesses lack is the recognizability of a brand name like U.S. Lawns. In addition to having a national strength of over 250 franchises that customers know and trust with their commercial landscaping, we also ensure each and every one of them learns the best practices of the industry. This comes from a mix of field support, webinars, annual conferences and smaller, more focused conferences to learn about specific topics.
Apart from encouraging our franchisees to be their best through interactions with each other, we also offer behind-the-scenes support to help with any problems that may arise in their day-to-day operations. Standalone business owners often do not have any of these resources available to them, which can greatly affect them both in time and lost profit. This is why more and more landscaping professionals or people interested in a landscaping business choose a dedicated brand like U.S. Lawns.
What Is an Owner-Operator Franchise Model?
At U.S. Lawns, we recognize that you are an owner of a branded location and we want to help you best represent the brand and the values we hold. You’ll have invested in this business and want to see it succeed, and we encourage you to be involved in your business every day.
You’ll be your own boss in your own territory as a U.S. Lawns franchise owner, and you have the authority and means to hire good people to help your business and maintain good relationships with customers. Your job is to manage your location and drive your employees to share the same ambition you do by facilitating their growth and driving them to work hard and produce the best possible landscaping services.
Will I Be Able to Have Work-Life Balance?
At U.S. Lawns, we have made owning a landscaping business flexible, so you can have work-life balance by managing certain elements of the business on your own schedule. While some tasks like managing your team and interacting with your customers are time sensitive, others like administrative management and personal development can be completed with a considerable amount of flexibility. That means if something like picking your kids up from school is important to you, you’ll be able to work your schedule accordingly.
With your own U.S. Lawns franchise, you truly are in business for yourself. By hiring a trusted staff behind you and managing your time effectively, you can achieve the work-life balance that may be missing in your current career.
What Is a U.S. Lawns Franchisee Responsible For?
You have already learned that you are responsible for managing the day-to-day tasks associated with your franchise, but that is not everything to expect after investing in your own location. You want to see your franchise succeed, and to do that, you need to help build your business. This means growing relationships with commercial landscaping customers, being involved in the community, retaining and mentoring employees, and putting your all into the business you have invested in.
Thankfully, with the tools and resources provided by U.S. Lawns, you’ll have a head start in all of these areas and a significant advantage over independent landscape business operators.
Find out what our franchisees have to say about the owner-operator franchise model and how it has helped their work-life balance.