Death and Taxes…and Mosquitoes

Benjamin Franklin once said two things in life are certain: death and taxes. At Mosquito Joe we agree with that, but we also know that depending where you live, mosquitoes are pretty certain too. April 15th, around the time you mail off those tax forms,  is usually around the time when warmer temperatures and mosquito hatchings start to arrive. As mosquito professionals are gearing up for their season, tax professionals are wrapping up theirs, but not all tax businesses are ready to see their stream of business or customers end.

We have always known how well our business opportunity complemented other seasonal businesses, and we have seen some amazing growth in our franchisees that own tax businesses! As tax season draws to a close we’re excited to introduce you to three of our Mosquito Joe owners who also have experience in the tax world.

Chad Armstrong: Mosquito Joe of East Texas

chadThere’s no doubt Chad Armstrong has the entrepreneurial bug. (Pun intended.) After graduating from the University of Texas in 1995, he worked for the Farmers Insurance Group for 12 years until he realized that he wanted to have more of a voice in the work he did. In 1997 he started his own insurance agency and then opened nine Liberty Tax locations. When asked why he went into the mosquito business, he replied, “I was looking for ways to keep my employees working year-round. Tax is a seasonal business and I wanted to provide them with a full time job, and mosquito season happens to occur outside of the tax business period.” After three years in business in East Texas, we have a feeling the mosquitoes aren’t missed around their parts.

Rita Blackwell: Mosquito Joe of Spartanburg

Rita Blackwell, Owner of Mosquito JoeAs a former area developer and corporate employee for Liberty Tax, Rita is very familiar with the benefits of the franchising world. “One of the reasons I love a franchise business is the proven system. To have the phenomenal support of not only experts from corporate, but to also learn from the experience of other franchisees who are already successfully running their business is priceless.” Rita and her husband Eric are entering their first season of mosquito spraying in Spartanburg, SC, and have come to appreciate the benefits of a seasonal business; “During the peak times in a seasonal business, like in tax preparation as well as mosquito control for example, life can get hectic and crazy. The satisfaction of a much deserved break in the off-season is a wonderful thing to look forward to! Time to have fun with our family, review and recharge for our next season….you don’t get that in a 9-5 every day, every week business.

Liberty Tax and Mosquito Joe owner Trey PowellTrey Powell: Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray, SC

Three years ago, Trey and his wife Cindy, built their dream home on Lake Carolina in northeast Columbia, SC. The first night they moved in they were welcomed to the lake by billions of pesky bugs and mosquitoes covering the windows and outside of their house. After a year of trying different things to get rid of the insects, Trey and his wife asked Mosquito Joe to come out and spray their yard and home. Trey was so impressed with the service, he became very interested in the brand and a month later he decided to buy his first territory in Lexington. From customer to franchisee, that’s an endorsement we love to see (and Trey’s not the only one in that category). Trey worked with Liberty Tax Service for several years and had developed franchises in Virginia that he sold 12 years ago to move to South Carolina. He then developed over 100 Liberty Tax Stores in the state and is still currently working as an area developer for the brand.

Mosquito Joe Franchise Opportunities

Mosquito Joe gives you a great franchise opportunity in a fast-growing industry, providing a service that continues to help you benefit your community and makes you feel good about the service you’re providing. Owning a Mosquito Joe business provides the independence of running your own business with a strong foundation of guidance and support from an established corporate office. Our leadership includes over 80 years combined in franchise knowledge, marketing and operations support, and a team that is always on your side. For more information on why Mosquito Joe, visit our website or contact us to learn how you can become a Mosquito Joe franchise partner.

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Mosquito Joe Named Fastest Growing Franchise for 2017

Franchise Gator named Mosquito Joe a Fastest Growing Franchise for 2017 in conjunction with the release of its annual Top 100 list. The online franchise directory developed the rankings to help prospective franchisees identify top opportunities with strong growth potential that are also affordable investments for the average franchise buyer.

For 2017, Franchise Gator selected 50 Top Emerging concepts and 100 Fastest Growing concepts. Top Emerging franchises are identified as rising concepts with 60 or fewer units. Fastest Growing franchises are those experiencing rapid expansion heading into the new year. The Top 100 list was created to identify franchise opportunities with strong growth potential but that are also more affordable investments to help the typical franchise buyer discover promising brands they might not have otherwise found. “This year we identified 100 franchise opportunities for the Fastest Growing category,” said Eric Bell, General Manager of Franchise Gator. “In addition to their track record for building a solid customer base and gaining the trust of investors, the opportunities were selected based on the number of opening and operating units the franchise has had over the past several months.”

Mosquito Joe CEO, Kevin Wilson, added, “We’re going to continue to expand into new markets and increase our footprint. There’s no doubt that 2017 is going to be another strong year for us, from both a development and educational perspective. We’re excited to grow into new territories this year, and ultimately take the Mosquito Joe brand to the next level.”


If you are interested in learning more about the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, please visit our Franchise Information Page and give us a call! We’d love to chat with you, answer your questions, and get you on the path to joining the MoJo family.

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Mosquito Joe Ranks 26th on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500

We got some great news this week that has 2017 off to a fantastic start. We are thrilled to announce that Mosquito Joe ranks #26 overall AND #1 in the Pest Control category on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500! The Franchise 500 is the “first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world,” and we are grateful and honored to be recognized so highly among such a distinguished group of businesses.

So, how is the Franchise 500 ranking created? Back in July of 2016, Entrepreneur reached out to franchisors across the country and asked each to fill out an online form and submit their Franchise Disclosure Document. After receiving 988 submissions, Entrepreneur’s editorial team began reviewing each one for certain data points. The franchisors were scored based on more than 150 of these points, and the 500 companies with the highest overall score were ranked as the Franchise 500.

Entrepreneur uses a formula of certain factors to determine the ranking: The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500. These Five Pillars include Costs & Fees, Size & Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength & Stability. Within those pillars are more specific factors such as growth rate, total investment, and financing availability. Throughout the 38 years of the Franchise 500’s existence, Entrepreneur has modified these factors to reflect what is most important to the franchising world at that time. For example, social media presence has become a factor as it gains increasing marketing importance. All companies, regardless of size, are judged by the same criteria to make the final ranking as objective as possible.

2016 was an amazing year for Mosquito Joe. We grew from 113 territories open and 220 territories sold in 2015 to 171 territories open and 278 sold in 2016. Our 127 franchise owners are the heart of our business and help fuel our success each and every day. But we’re just getting started! CEO Kevin Wilson says, “We’re going to continue to expand into new markets and increase our footprint. There’s no doubt that 2017 is going to be another strong year for us, from both a development and educational perspective. We’re excited to grow into new territories this year, and ultimately take the Mosquito Joe brand to the next level.”

A huge thank you to our franchise partners across the country for making Mosquito Joe such an incredible company. Their engagement and enthusiasm for the business make honors like this possible. Another thank you to the Mosquito Joe Corporate staff for providing world-class support that makes our franchisees’ success possible.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity and joining one of the world’s leading franchise companies, visit our Franchise Information Website, and call us today. We can have you set up in time for spring and would love to have you as part of the MoJo family!

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Mosquito Joe Makes Inc 5000 List

Mosquito Joe sold its first franchise in early 2013 and ever since, it’s been charging forward full throttle. We now have 169 territories open across 27 states. All that growth in just four years has definitely made the time fly for us. We have been very busy hosting prospective franchisees, training new franchisees, and supporting our Mosquito Joe locations as they launch and grow their businesses. As busy as we’ve been, in the middle of what we like to call “happy chaos,” it is easy for us to forget to take a step back and acknowledge the progress and milestones we’re reaching along the way.

That said, recently we ran face-first into a really exciting accomplishment that made us step back and really be proud of our company’s growth and success in our first year of franchising. Last week it was announced that Mosquito Joe made the 128 spot in Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. That’s right, we made the top 3% of the list and we couldn’t be more proud!

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period – a statistic in which we’re proud to be included.

Head Joe and CEO Kevin Wilson said “There’s no doubt that this is going to be another strong year for us, from both a development and educational perspective. We’re excited to grow into new territories this year, and ultimately take the Mosquito Joe brand to the next level.”

While we know in our hearts that this opportunity is a great one and that mosquito control is so important, to be recognized by Inc. was a big moment for Mosquito Joe. Thank you to all of our customers and franchisees who make this the amazing company it is, and of course our stellar corporate team as well (we’re not above tooting our own horn).

If you’re reading this and are curious about the opportunity, start exploring. If you think mosquito control is something you can’t do, you should know you don’t need pest control experience to get started. In fact, most of our franchisees don’t have any pest control experience or even small business experience. That’s part of what’s so great about our franchise system – we provide all the training and systems for you! So think about us. We’ll be here…and growing.

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Learning from the Best: Father Son Business Takes Off

When Jack McReynolds decided to open Mosquito Joe of Garland-Rockwall in Texas, he never intended for it to be a family business. But as Jack began discussing the business model with his son Matthew, he couldn’t ignore the excitement and enthusiasm Matthew had for the idea. In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we sat down to talk to Jack and Matthew to see why Mosquito Joe is such a great fit for fathers and sons and how they make it work.

What made you decide on Mosquito Joe as your business?

Jack: I was looking for a business opportunity that would allow me to leave my desk job with Apple Inc. I didn’t want something that would put me behind another desk but didn’t want to be a greeter at Walmart either. I wanted a service opportunity catering to a large and growing demographic, with a continuous, sustainable revenue stream. Then I noticed Mosquito Joe. Mosquitos suck, and everyone hates them. It was perfect.

Matthew: I had absolutely no choice in the matter when it came to deciding on Mosquito Joe! I was working for a non profit school in South Dallas when my dad mentioned to me that he was starting to get serious with a franchise. I was super excited for him.

What are your specific roles in Mosquito Joe?

Jack: Matthew is the operations guy. He is the hardest working young man that I know. He also handles the social media. My job is to deal with the administrative issues, accounting and marketing.

Matthew: Yes, I am in charge of day to day operations and I am also our lead technician. I love it!

As you were researching business opportunities, was a family business always the idea?

Jack: Absolutely not. I wanted something that would fit MY requirements. Matthew was doing his own thing and was starting to have some success at it. I didn’t dream that I’d ever get the opportunity to work with him. But, as I began talking about Mosquito Joe, Matthew began asking for ways that he could help. I have always seen Matthew as a great investment, and as I thought about my opportunity, I began to see it as our opportunity, and maybe an opportunity that would eventually fund his dream. When I saw that the Dallas area had openings, it seemed a match made in Heaven.

Matthew: I have always been very entrepreneurial, and the idea of working with family has always appealed to me. But, I definitely did not expect that the opportunity would come so soon, or that it would manifest the way it has.

How do you keep family and business separate from one another?

Jack: We don’t. Why should we? We’re both very excited about what we’re doing. You know, it was the same before. When we were working separate jobs, many of our discussions were about either his work or mine. Maybe that will change when the season ends but for now we’re just enjoying the busy-ness.

Matthew: Yea… I don’t think we do that at all either, but Mosquito Joe doesn’t consume every conversation that I have with my dad. The other day we were watching the NBA playoffs while we were on a conference call going over our first week’s sales. How cool is that?

Do you think the generational gap helps your business? How so?

Jack: We definitely have different abilities and knowledge bases. I know how to log in to Facebook and have heard of Twitter, and Snapchat. Matthew is pretty good at those things. He’s also an incredibly hard worker. He’s all about getting things done. I’m all about process, organization, process, structure, and process. Did I mention process?

Matthew: I would say so! My dad has been awesome in so many different aspects because of his great ideas, and you can tell it comes from his experience. I think that I bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the table.

What have you learned about and from each other along the way?

Jack: The only thing I ever worried about with Matthew was his ability to focus and work hard. Too often, as he was going through his teenage years, he chose the easy way. If a task wasn’t easy, he’d find an easy way to accomplish it. By early high school, he was taller than me, stronger than me, better looking than me, and smarter than me. I knew that if he were able to focus, and work hard he’d accomplish whatever he set out to do. What I’m learning is that he has finally realized his potential and is working to achieve all the things he is capable of. This business is not easy but Matthew is working it. I couldn’t be prouder of him.

Matthew: I have a lot of respect for my dad! It has been awesome to see how he is moving forward in this stage of his life after leaving a job he’s had for over 20 years. One of the many things that I can take away from this experience is the courage that he has.

We loved chatting with Jack and Matthew to hear their story. If you’re interested in learning more about the Mosquito Joe opportunity, visit our website. From all of us here at Mosquito Joe, we wish all the Dads a very Happy Father’s Day!

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Women of Mosquito Joe – Joanna Patterson

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 the Women of Mosquito Joe, 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 chatted with Joanna Patterson of Mosquito Joe of Suburban Pittsburgh.  Joanna runs the day-to-day operations of the business alongside her husband, Jeff – both of whom are certified pesticide applicators.  While Jeff works as a technician servicing customers, Joanna deals with everything else, from customer service and scheduling to inventory and marketing!

Chatting with Joanna

What motivated you to get involved with Mosquito Joe?

Joanna: Our friends had experienced two family members (father and daughter) having Lyme disease in the same season. After that, I heard about other friends and acquaintances who had Lyme disease with varying degrees of severity.  My husband is also a mosquito attractor, and I’ve heard him lament many times about being bitten on the porch.  I could understand the appeal of the service, and I also liked the people I met at Mosquito Joe Corporate.  The seasonality of the business was appealing too.  I now work part-time during the winter months in another job and full-time at Mosquito Joe in the spring and summer, so I’m never bored!

What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business?

Joanna: I run the day-to-day operations, working closely with my husband, who has owned his own business for 20 years and has a lot of knowledge.  He and I do everything related to the business.  We are both certified pesticide applicators, and Jeff does all of the treatments for our customers.

There are often misconceptions about the pest control industry, in particular, about women working in this industry because it’s “dirty” and “grimey.”  What are your thoughts on those?  Do you find them to be true or untrue?

Joanna: I have found that I’m a rarity in Pittsburgh as a woman who owns a pest control company.  In our business, we have the advantage of knowing exactly what is in our products and exactly how to use them so that concerns are minimized.  I am a certified applicator in Pennsylvania, and while the backpack sprayer is too heavy for me, the handheld sprayer is perfect.  And I would not hesitate to do a treatment. 

What do you find most empowering about your job?

Joanna: One of the most empowering things about my job is the autonomy of working when I want and need to.  This means that I am working 7 days a week, but it also means that if I have to leave for an hour in the middle of the day to do something, I can do that too.

Thanks Joanna!

We are so proud Joanna is a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Suburban Pittsburgh and their mosquito treatment services, be sure to check out their website. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

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Franchise Business Review Top Franchises 2016

When we started franchising three years ago, we had a goal to become the leading name in mosquito control. With all the growth and success we’ve experienced, not only have we accomplished that goal, but we feel like we’ve done that with our next goal always at the forefront of our minds. We wanted to grow while creating a company that people truly enjoy and creating a culture that centered around our franchisees.

FBR-winnerThis week, we got some great news that makes us even more excited for things to come this year. We are very excited to announce that Mosquito Joe has made Franchise Business Review‘s annual Top Franchises of 2016 list. Of all the lists we’ve made this one is important to us. Why? Because this list is the highest ranked franchises based on franchisee satisfaction. That’s right, it’s ranked by those who work with us everyday…our franchisees.

We know it’s a great business opportunity, but hearing that our franchisees are as happy as we are is the icing on the cake for us. Mosquito Joe gives you a great franchise opportunity in a fast-growing industry, providing a service that benefits your community and makes you feel good about your business, all while offering you the flexibility of a seasonal business. Our seasoned leadership team has over eighty years of franchise experience, and they’ve always got your back. But, don’t take our word for it. Check out the FBR Top Franchises for 2016 list and do your own research. We’re on page twenty four, and we can’t wait to talk to you about making outside fun again in your neighborhood.

 

 

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