Mosquito Joe Makes List of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Fastest Growing Franchises

As we’ve said again and again on this blog, Mosquito Joe has experienced amazing growth as a franchise within the last couple of years.  Just four years ago, we were a small mosquito control business with one location in Virginia.  At the end of 2015, we had 113 territories open in 26 states with dozens of franchise owners.  It’s easy for us to brag about our accomplishments, but it means a bit more when one of the nation’s leading business magazines recognizes them as well.  We are very excited to be on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Fastest Growing Franchises in 2016!

The list ranks 105 companies around the country from a variety of industries that are making a name in the franchise game.  Mosquito Joe placed 40th on the list, accompanied by big-name brands like Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Supercuts, Rooter-Man, and many more.  Entrepreneur spoke with the CEOs and managers of the franchises ranked to find out their secret to success.  Across the board, franchises with a sustainable growth rate invest a lot of time into people; their franchise owners, staff, and customers.  Building a great network of people around a business is the key: “Take care of people, and the numbers take care of themselves.”

Franchising continues to be a huge industry in the U.S..  According to the Franchise Business Economic Outlook 2016, the number of franchise establishments is expected to grow by over 13,000 this year, bringing the national total to 795,932.  20,000 new jobs were created in the U.S. franchise industry last month alone, a great start to the report’s projections of 278,000 new franchise jobs by year’s end.  Amazingly, the franchise industry is expected to grow another 5.6% in 2016, adding $29 billion to the U.S. economy.

The franchise model offers aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to own their own business without the stress and risk of doing so alone.  The Mosquito Joe franchise model, for example, includes extensive training and ongoing support for each franchise owner to give everyone the best chance for success.

If you’re interested in learning more about franchising, check out the Mosquito Joe franchise website for details and information.  No pest control experience is required, and you can be part of the team helping make outside fun again for people across the country!


3 Perks of Owning a Seasonal Franchise

There are many different reasons you could be researching franchise opportunities. Maybe you’re an outside person stuck in a cubicle, maybe you yearn for flexibility with your schedule or more time with your family, or maybe you’re just ready to become your own boss. What if you could be the boss from March until October and decide how you spent the other half of the year? Mosquito Joe franchisees spend their in-season days manning the phones, spraying for mosquitoes, and keeping their communities itch free. That leaves the off-season for, well, whatever they choose. While most franchise opportunities require a full-time commitment, mosquito control (in most areas of the country) allows franchisees the flexibility to decide what they want to do with their off-season. That comes with some perks.

  1. Seasonal businesses leave the option for complementary businesses.
    Just like Mosquito Joe, there are other business opportunities that run on a seasonal model. Josh Lein, owner of Mosquito Joe of Round Rock, operates a second business, Christmas Lights of Austin, where he hangs Christmas lights on houses during his MoJo off-season. Josh says, “I like that I can take my employees from Mosquito Joe and give them year round employment.” He also manages to provide two completely different services to some of the same customers, allowing him to keep them on year round. With employee sharing, dual revenues, and a full year of work, it becomes a viable option for people looking to become a multi unit franchise owner.
  2. Vacation anyone?
    If your dream is to travel the world, a seasonal franchise could be a great way to accomplish that. While you shouldn’t expect to make a profit in your first year, working hard 6-8 months of the year gives you the opportunity to book that tropical vacation during the off-season. Mosquito Joe in particular is a low investment, high-margin business with which franchisees can reach cash-flow break-even much faster than with other opportunities that requires many years of hard work before the pay-off, or even before they can think about taking a vacation.
  3. Franchising comes with support.
    When you invest in a seasonal franchise business you are buying an established, tested, and proven business model; but while the operation may be seasonal, the support is not. You are part of an established brand and a growing family, with ongoing support and training from the franchisor. Joining a franchise system gives you the opportunity to pick up the phone at any time and ask questions to the franchisor or even to other franchisees. You are investing in experience and expertise, allowing you to focus on your business’ growth, sustainability, and success.

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 with flexibility for the off-season. For more information on why Mosquito Joe, visit our website and read about how you can become a Mosquito Joe franchise partner in your area.


Athletes in Franchising: Our Advice to the 2016 Superbowl Pros

The countdown is on…Superbowl 50 is a mere few days away.  Jerseys have been bought, buffalo chicken dip ingredients purchased, and foam fingers are at the ready.  February 7th might be the best or worst day of the year for you depending on how your team faired in the playoffs.  But whether you’re a die-hard supporter or just a fair-weather fan, we all have our favorite players.

Although we like to think our favorite professional athletes will play forever or at least have long and flourishing careers, the reality is that most athletes will find themselves back in the general workforce within three to six years of being drafted.  The typical career length of most players is shorter than you think; 3.5 years in the NFL, 4.8 years in the NBA, 5.6 years in the MLB, and 5.5 years in the NHL.  Legacy players along the lines of Jim Kelly, Bret Favre, and Peyton Manning are not the norm.  Young athletes have to find a way to make short careers last through a long retirement.  Unfortunately, financial downfall awaits many of them.  15.7% of NFL players file for bankruptcy within 12 years of retirement.

So what can pro-football players do to protect their financial futures once professional competition is no longer an option?  The answer, believe it or not, lies in franchising.  Franchising can provide athletes with an easy transition into post-retirement life by providing a system that works a lot like a professional sports team with a support group and rule book to follow.  It just makes sense!

So much sense in fact, that Michael Stone, a former NFL safety, formed the Professional Athletes Franchise Initiative in 2010.  This organization aims to educate pro athletes on the business of franchising, connect them with potential franchising opportunities, and communicate the value an athlete can bring to a franchise business.  Their ongoing educational programs and business workshops help coach athletes on the industry.  Just a few months ago, PAFI helped organize an NFL Franchising Boot Camp, a three day program in which 22 current and former NFL players learned about franchise opportunities from the experts.

So where are these athletes directing their franchise investments?  Here is just a sampling of some big names you might recognize behind your favorite businesses:

Peyton Manning – Papa John’s

Perhaps the most well-known athlete franchisee is Peyton Manning, owner of 25 Papa John’s locations in Colorado.  After appearing in several ads for the pizza company in 2011 and 2012, Manning decided to invest in the fourth-largest pizza chain in the U.S.  It looks like he made a great decision, as the average Papa John’s franchise pulls in a yearly revenue of over $800,000.

Roosevelt Colvin – The UPS Store

This former New England Patriots linebacker owns several UPS stores in Indianapolis.  The franchise boasts over 1,400 locations in the U.S. and Canada, and has been the number one postal and business services franchise for 25 years.  Colvin credits his business success to his time spent on the field, “I’ve been a The UPS Store franchisee for five years and credit my football career for preparing me to run my business. It takes the same amount of preparation, dedication, focus and teamwork to make sure my business is well run.”

Jerry Richardson – Hardee’s

Although Richardson only scored four touchdowns in his career with the Indianapolis Colts, one of them was during the 1959 Superbowl to win the game.  Richardson used his championship bonus to purchase a Hardee’s franchise.  Years later, he sold his franchise empire of over 220 locations and went on to become part owner of the Carolina Panthers.

Jumbo Elliott – Dunkin’ Donuts

The former NFL lineman had a long career with the New York Giants and the New York Jets spanning from 1988 to 2002.  Retiring to Long Island after the 2002 season, Elliott purchased two Dunkin’ Donuts franchises that he still operates and frequents to this day.  The coffee giant remains one of the fastest growing franchises out there with over 11,500 locations worldwide.

Drew Brees – Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

The Superbowl champion owns five Jimmy John’s locations in New Orleans and is slated to open another 18 in the coming years.  A former college friend of Brees’ became the Director of Operations at Jimmy John’s and convinced the football star to invest in the franchise.  His locations consistently perform within the system’s top 5% of franchisees, bringing in nearly $900,000 yearly revenue on average.

While we don’t have any professional athletes in the Mosquito Joe system, it’s easy to understand why owning a franchise is a good transition for an athlete – and while mosquito control may not sound as sexy as the restaurant industry, our franchisees love the appeal of a business that keeps them out in the fresh air vs. a stuffy office. If you want to follow in Peyton Manning’s footsteps, minus the wildly successful NFL career, check out Mosquito Joe’s Franchise Opportunity page for details on the franchisee experience.  Starting your own business can be overwhelming and scary.  Maybe franchising is the answer for you.