Why Interns Can Be Great For Small Business Owners

The idea of an internship can often be ambiguous. You might be envisioning Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson goofing off at the Google offices. Or you might be thinking of young college students getting coffee for other staffers, running errands, and hopefully doing some meaningful work to add to their experience. When utilized properly, interns can be extremely beneficial, especially for small business owners. An intern can bring fresh ideas to the company at low cost, and you get an opportunity to help someone else learn how to be a great employee.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you decide that an intern would be a great asset to your team.

Make a clear job description (and stick to it) 

Nothing will frustrate the both of you more than having someone show up to your office every day without a clear plan of what needs to be accomplished. Your intern is also probably required to submit this description to an advisor at school, so this should be something you complete after you’ve both officially agreed on the internship. Make sure it is complete with daily tasks, long term projects, and any skill sets to learn or polish while working with you and your team.

Performance management is a must.

Have a performance management plan that you and the intern jointly fill out at the beginning, middle, and end of the internship period. That way you can keep a record of the intern’s goals and their completion. In addition to all the small administrative tasks that you might assign to your interns throughout their time, you should always give them at least one long-term project that they will own. Keep in mind this shouldn’t be a project critical to the success of your business. It could be a marketing campaign, a video project, a small part of your website you want to build out, or any number of other meaningful projects that can be planned and executed in a short timeframe. Assigning interns at least one large project gives them something to work on during their downtime when you might be too busy to assign them a smaller task.  It also motivates them to have something meaningful they can put on their resume.

Give real projects.

One point of an internship is to teach a young adult how the business world operates. Keep in mind they often have little to no experience. There are several ways to get around the learning curve quickly. Have your intern listen in on a sales call. Let he or she do a first draft of a project proposal. Introduce he or she to clients as, “This is Jane. She’s doing an internship with us this summer. She’s a student at XYZ State University, and we’re thrilled to have her.” This way, your clients know the intern’s role upfront and can manage expectations accordingly.

If you are just having your intern clean the office or sort out the filing cabinet, that’s a summer admin job. This is also valuable (and a position like that might be essential to your team), but is not an internship. The real projects are the items that are going to give your intern confidence, build their skill sets, and leave them feeling invested in your company!

Give feedback (and lots of it). 

College students are used to homework assignments, papers, and tests that regularly tell them how they are doing in great detail from their professors. Simply saying, “Good job!” isn’t going to have the same effect with them as it might with more experienced colleagues. Tell your intern precisely what was you thought he or she accomplished well and what could be improved.


Within the next couple of weeks, we are thrilled to welcome our first summer interns to Mosquito Joe! They will be concentrated in the marketing field and will assist our full-time staff in the areas of graphic design, digital marketing, research and strategy, and more! Our internship program is designed to support our companies growing success throughout the busiest time of year while also providing local college students with opportunities to explore various career paths and gain experience to carry forward in the professional world.

If you are interested in learning more about Mosquito Joe as a franchise or even becoming a franchise owner yourself, please visit our Franchise Information Page and call us today!

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Women of MoJo: Lindsay Fitzpatrick

If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry. So while we could write a blog post about why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our blog series, Women of MoJo, we highlight the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!

This month we’re introducing you to one of our newest franchisees, Lindsay Fitzpatrick. Lindsay and her husband Ted are owners of Mosquito Joe of Naples. On top of that, she still maintains a full time position as a registered nurse and is the mother to a two-year old son, three dogs, and two cats! We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay and Ted to our franchise and have them show you how you can truly be your own boss with MoJo.

What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?

We had looked at a few other franchises and MoJo hands down had the best corporate culture, attitude and support that we were looking for in a franchise. More importantly, I could see Mosquito Joe as a service that my own family needed in Southwest Florida!! I felt that if it was something we could use, then there had to be other families in our area who would feel the same way!

What is your typical day during mosquito season?

I open the surgery center I work at, so I get to work at 5:30am, come home around 2pm and help with Mosquito Joe until our son is home from school around 3:30-4pm. Then I get to do my favorite job, which is mommy to our two year old son! Having MoJo services in our own yard makes this part of my day so much more fun because we can actually be outside and enjoy it!!

Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?

It really caters to the active lifestyle we have as a family. We have a toddler, three dogs and two cats! We protect them all with our services, and it gives us flexibility to be there for our son and still work.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry (that it’s dirty, etc.); what are your thoughts on those?

I find what we do empowering to families because it gives them the ability to spend more time together doing more engaging activities outside rather than sitting inside watching TV or similar. I feel better knowing I provide an added barrier against disease (always thinking like a nurse) and that being more active outside in the fresh air and sunshine is always good for everyone! My career as a nurse isn’t glamorous, so pest control doesn’t really bother me!

What advice would you give a woman considering opening a Mosquito Joe business?

It is so rewarding to see how you help families and property owners maximize their outdoor areas and time spent there! It gives you flexibility depending on how you structure your role in the business as well. I still manage to work full time, get my family time and help my husband run MoJo! It’s the perfect balance for me, and I know that in the future, I have the ability to continue to mold my role in all of my “jobs” to fit well with MoJo.


If you are interested in getting rid of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks in your yard, give Mosquito Joe a call! And if you are looking for your next business venture or just the opportunity to be your own boss like Lindsay, visit our Franchise Information Page to get started on the path to joining the MoJo family!

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Mosquito Joe Launches Spring Season, Grows National Presence

Since launching our franchise opportunity four years ago, we have grown rapidly to provide exceptional pest control services across the country. By protecting families from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes through its unique services, our brand is actively making outside fun again. With a corporate team that has more than tripled between 2012 and 2016 (from six employees to nearly 30 in order to support a growing system of 129 franchisees), Mosquito Joe has risen in the ranks as one of the top providers in the pest control industry.

Our position at the forefront of an increasingly popular industry is especially evident as the “busy season” heats up. That means local communities across 32 states will soon see Mosquito Joe’s signature yellow and green vans in their communities, succeeding in making the spring and summer months free from pests such as mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. This year, our brand is initiating services in previously untapped states like Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Iowa while continuing to build a strong presence in established states like Texas, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

“The growth that we have seen in the past few years is a testament to the strong team that we have built and the operators who are creating a positive reputation for our unmatched services,” said Mosquito Joe CEO Kevin Wilson. “With 270 trucks on the road to service our growing base of more than 65,000 customers, we look forward to seeing success with the new operators launching this spring.”

As the demand for mosquito control services continues to climb due to persisting concerns of mosquito borne illnesses, awareness of the Mosquito Joe brand is becoming more prevalent. Our brand is maintaining its reputation as an excellent and low cost franchise opportunity with a total investment range between $69,600 and $122,500. Mosquito Joe also participates in VetFran, offering an even more affordable and valuable opportunity for veterans. That’s made evident by the 17 percent representation of veterans in Mosquito Joe’s growing franchise system.

“Our flexible, recurring revenue business model allows us to attract entrepreneurial-minded operators who are looking for an option outside of a brick and mortar business that they can run seasonally,” Wilson said. “Not only is the mosquito control industry booming, providing a faster ROI after a low initial investment, but our operators can also feel good about the work that they’re doing for the communities that they serve.”

In fact, Mosquito Joe was recently ranked number one in category and number 26 overall on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500 list, as well as ranking as one of the Fastest Growing Franchises, Top Low-Cost Franchises and Top New Franchises by the publication. Additionally, we earned accolades from Inc., Franchise Business Review and Franchise Gator. It’s no surprise that the future is looking bright for our existing franchisees as well as the operators launching service for the first time this season.

In addition to the 20-plus new franchisees launching operations this spring, Mosquito Joe continues to target new areas across the U.S. that could benefit from their outdoor pest control services. High priority target states include New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi, California and Utah.

“Now more than ever, it’s clear that there is a need for the quality of life improvements that our services provide in cities across the country,” Wilson said. “We are confident that our new operators are equipped to successfully tackle the extra buggy spring and summer months in new markets and that our seasoned operators will continue to serve as a trusted partner in their local communities.”


If you are interested in becoming your own boss and exploring the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, please visit our website or give us a call. We’d love to answer your questions and get you started on the path to joining the MoJo family!

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