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We’ve all been there. You’re tired of making money for someone else. Tired of spending your time and resourcefulness for a job that doesn’t challenge you. Wouldn’t it be great if you could work for yourself, doing what you love?

Of course, it’s never that easy. But people do start successful businesses every day. If you think you’re ready for that kind of life-changing move, here are five questions you should ask yourself before putting in your two weeks’ notice.

1. Will my self-employment provide security?

When it comes to small businesses, the numbers aren’t encouraging. In fact, the vast majority of them fail. However, there are ways to lower your risk from the very outset; for instance, starting a franchise gives you a much greater chance of success. Picking the right industry is also crucial. And we should know. Not only is U.S. Lawns a franchise, we’re in commercial landscaping: a $50 billion+ industry in which the 50 largest companies control a mere 15% of the revenue. That leaves an overwhelming majority of market share up for grabs.

2. How much would I have to spend if I were to strike out on my own?

Start-up costs can have anyone balking. Training, legal fees, equipment, and facilities can eat away at your profits before you open your doors. With a franchise, some of those costs are lowered slightly, but you do have to purchase the business. However, you’ll be happy to know that the start-up fee for a U.S. Lawns franchise is one of the lowest around. You don’t need to purchase any real estate, and low fees cover all your training expenses, equipment, and more. And if you’re a returning military veteran or existing landscape business owner, U.S. Lawns thanks you for your service and even provides a discounted franchise rate.

3. Will I need more education to reach my goals?

Your expertise complements the service you can provide for your customers, and makes your business an authority – rather than just another shop. Maybe you’re afraid this will close the door to certain types of businesses. But not at U.S. Lawns. We don’t require any previous experience in the green industry, because we’re not really a landscaping company; we’re a service business. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, starting with a six-day visit to our Home Office in Orlando. After that, you’ll be assigned an advisor to mentor you through your business career and help you succeed.

4. How will I find the support necessary to start my business?

A lot of small business owners take the D-I-Y attitude a bit too far, taking on every aspect of the business, from hiring and recruiting to bidding and estimating. Delegating your resources is crucial to developing a healthy work/life balance and being a successful business owner. That’s why U.S. Lawns provides automated tools like administrative software, as well as recruitment tools to help you build the best team. You won’t spend your days out on a truck, but overseeing a staff and acting like a real CEO.

5. Will your new career be sustainable for the long term?

As sure as the grass grows, U.S. Lawns will be around, providing an invaluable service to businesses. Commercial grounds care is virtually recession proof–talk about job security. And if you don’t believe us, check out our growth record. Since 1986, U.S. Lawns has grown to encompass 270+ franchises in 43 states, ranking among the Top 10 landscape and snow removal contractors.

U.S. Lawns: your key to sustainable, self-reliant, business. Take charge of your financial freedom and security. Your journey begins at Explore our opportunities today.

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