Mike Kirk Found the Grass Can Be Greener On the Other Side with His U.S. Lawns Franchise
The green industry had always been Mike Kirk’s passion, but he got sidetracked by a 13-year career in accounting and finance and administration. He opened his U.S. Lawns franchise in Northeast Mississippi in 2001 and shares his franchising experience with Franchise Business Review.
What tips do you have for succeeding in franchising?
- Choose a franchise that has proven track record of success. As I was performing my due diligence prior to purchasing my franchise, I discovered that U.S. Lawns, which was established in 1986, had a proven track record and that it’s core values lined up with mine.
- Establish the culture of being passionate about your employees, vendors, and customers. By surrounding yourself with great employees and providing them with proper training and the resources to succeed, while holding every team member accountable for their actions and to our goals, has proven to be a winning formula.
- Follow the franchise’s business model.> By following the one U.S. Lawns has perfected, I did not have to reinvent the wheel. As a result, I avoided a lot of headaches and bad decisions.
- Take advantage of the knowledge your franchisor and fellow franchisees have. At U.S. Lawns, knowledge is shared openly to promote success in our business.
After researching their business model and talking with other franchise owners, I knew I wanted to be a part of their franchise organization. My only regret is that I didn't find them sooner.
How did you enter franchising? I have a degree in accounting from Ole Miss and worked in the accounting and finance and administration field for 13 years before being caught up in a corporate America downsizing that eliminated by job. While growing up, I was taught to work and began mowing yards while in junior high school. Since I was too young to have a driver’s license, my first customers were neighbors who lived close enough to my parents that I could ride my dad's mower to their homes. I enjoyed the experience and often wished that I had chosen the green industry as my career. I saw my job being eliminated as an opportunity to pursue my passion, while using my formal education to strengthen my business.
I started an independent landscape business and ran it for three years before I learned about U.S. Lawns. After researching their business model and talking with other franchise owners, I knew I wanted to be a part of their franchise organization. My only regret is that I didn't find them sooner. It continues to be an amazing ride and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to call them my family.
I am blessed to be surrounded by some of the brightest people in our industry who are committed to providing the highest level of service to our customers and to each other.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your business? The team we have created. I am blessed to be surrounded by some of the brightest people in our industry who are committed to providing the highest level of service to our customers and to each other. Each team member is passionate about what they do and it shows in their performance. As I watch our dispatch each morning, I see their passion and dedication. It is so rewarding to see the convoy of trucks and trained professionals headed out each day to take care of our customers while providing for their families.
U.S. Lawns Background Information
Before investing in his U.S. Lawns franchise, Mike researched it extensively. Below is information that will help you get started on your own research.
You can see how its franchisees rank it in area’s that are crucial to the health of a franchise including leadership, culture, and training, by reading its full franchisee satisfaction report.
|For more information about franchising with U.S. Lawns you may call 480.626.2450 or visit U.S. Lawns.|