Most of us spend our careers working for someone else, getting by day-to-day and making ends meet while wishing we could be our own bosses. While it might seem like owning a business is too hard to accomplish, we are here to tell you that you can own a landscaping business without being totally on your own. How? By investing in a franchise.
Franchise Vs. Starting Your Own Business
On the surface it might seem like owning a franchise and starting a business from scratch are completely different. While it’s true that owning a franchise has several benefits that you can’t get when you go it alone, the two business-ownership strategies are quite similar.
How Are They Similar?
Whether you start a business or open a franchise, you are a small business owner in your community. You make each decision, small and large, and experience the ways your decisions affect your business, your employees, and you. As owner, you have the flexibility to make important decisions and the creativity to put your touch on your business, even if you are operating within a franchise system.
If you are looking for a way to be independent and in charge, owning a business or franchise is how you make it happen. The desire to be your own boss is a major reason that people invest in a franchise.
How Are They Different?
The biggest difference between franchising and individual entrepreneurship is support. If you are the kind of person who wants to do every single thing your way and doesn’t mind spending time and energy figuring out every minute facet of your business, then starting from scratch is the way to go. But if you want to be your own boss and have training, support, and a turnkey model—and you don’t mind following a system that is proven to work—then franchising is the right choice.
Why Own a Landscaping Business
There are a number of reasons to own a landscaping business that go beyond the freedom of being your own boss. Here are some of our favorite things about this industry:
- You can spend time outside—Especially in the beginning when you are doing a lot of the actual landscaping work yourself, you will be able to spend a lot of time outdoors. An added bonus of this profession is you always get to enjoy the scent of freshly cut grass.
- You can easily be hands off—Hiring employees who you trust to do the work is key to growing your business. Fortunately, when you join a franchise you will have help training the employees so that you can focus on your business’s growth.
- You can scale this business—When you start out, you will have limited clients, limited staff, and limited equipment. As your business grows you can add more staff and equipment to meet the needs of your growing customer base, scaling for more and more growth as needed.
Owning your own business can be incredibly fulfilling if you are willing to work hard to succeed. You can leave behind the life of answering to a boss and working for someone else’s goals when you invest in a franchise.
If you’re ready to own a landscaping business, start thinking about investing in a U.S. Lawns franchise. Download our free eBook to learn about the differences between franchising and individual entrepreneurship.