The Mosquito Joe Million Dollar Club: Paul VanWagner

 

Mosquito Joe continues to be a leading brand in the mosquito control industry. We now have franchisees who’ve made over $1M and some approaching $2M in gross revenue this year! Once a franchisee reaches this milestone, they’re officially part of an elite group known as the Million Dollar Club (MDC). Mosquito Joe rewards franchisees for this exceptional achievement by coming together in Napa Valley, CA for a little R&R! Over the course of two days, franchisees collaborate amongst themselves, sharing best practices and success stories. It’s truly admirable to witness the knowledge shared and relationships built throughout the duration of this event. These franchisees have earned national recognition and deserve to be rewarded for the hard work they put into their businesses day in and day out. Congratulations to our 2018 Million Dollar Club members!

We could talk all day about what it takes to join this club, but who better to describe their journeys than the members themselves? Our blog series The Mosquito Joe Million Dollar Club visits with different franchise owners to talk about their franchising story. This week, we talked with Paul Van Wagner, owner of Mosquito Joe of Montgomery County. Paul joined Mosquito Joe in 2015. He currently owns 4 territories and is joining the Million Dollar Club for the first time this year. Check out our conversation with him below!

1) Why did you start looking into franchising, and why did you ultimately choose Mosquito Joe?  

I was looking for a business for my son to get into that he could operate and grow with. And we wanted to find a business where we could help our community. Eliminating annoying, disease carrying insects helps everyone and our MoJo customers can make outside fun again!

2) What do you enjoy most about being a franchise owner?

I have been self-employed since I was 22 years old, so it’s in my blood. But the MoJo Franchise was highly recommended by a good friend and MoJo Zee, Kurt Godwin, and he was right on, as the Corporate support and culture of everyone in the company have been over the top. MoJo only uses the highest quality products and our customer service and communication with our customers is the best in our industry.

3) Who are the primary employees in your business and how do they contribute to your success?

The first season in 2015, my son, John, and I ran the business with one part time office staff and 4 techs. It was a real challenge as the business did much better than expected. I wanted to pull my hair out by September that first season. But it was a great way to learn the entire business and I would not change a thing now.

4) Describe your current business operation: how many employees, how many trucks, how many territories? 

We hired an awesome office manager in 2016, Bari.  She runs the office and office staff. John is the operations manager and oversees the techs and support for all operations. We had 5 office staff and 21 techs for the 2018 season running 9 vans. We own 4 territories. We will always be fully staffed so we can offer the customer service our community deserves and expects.

5) What is one piece of advice you would offer to first year Mosquito Joe franchisees?

Learn it from the ground up. Learn everything you can so you will be the person training and teaching the staff the way you want them trained. The Corporate office can provide excellent training, but you may want to tweak some of that to fit your needs. Franchisees and all their staff should go to the training the Corporate office provides and reach out to existing zees for advice. Why reinvent the wheel! Much of our success is due to the support and advice we received from our good friends and MoJo Zees, Kurt and Melissa Godwin.

6) What is one piece of advice you would offer to someone just beginning their search for a franchise opportunity?

I cannot stress enough how important it was for us to have the support from the MoJo Corporate office and from other experienced MoJo Zees. This was invaluable to us. For anyone looking for a franchise opportunity, the MoJo brand is new/young enough to have exceptional growth opportunity, but old enough to also be the “Best/Top” brand in the outdoor pest control industry. I think MoJo is close to surpassing our top competitor who has been in business almost twice as long.

7) How did you feel becoming a member of the Million Dollar Club?

Making the MDC was awesome, it’s a goal we had set for our 3rd year and we just missed that, but we surpassed it in 2018 and the next goal will be 2 million in the next few years.

 8) Where do you see your Mosquito Joe business in the next 2-3 years?

We opened our last (4th ) territory in 2018 (we will only service our local community, Montgomery County, MD, so we can always provide exceptional customer service). I feel like MoJo is the “go-to” vendor for outdoor pest control in our area due to all the reasons that make us the best. We anticipate to continue our year over year growth and believe we will hit the 2 million mark in the year 2020. John and Bari will have more control of the business moving forward. The goal when we purchased the business was to provide an opportunity for our son to get into a business he could operate and help grow. It has turned into more than that, as it will also provide us with a supplement income over the coming years.

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Beat the Bloodsuckers: Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2018

Each year Mosquito Joe recognizes the importance of Mosquito Control Awareness Week through our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Our goal is to raise awareness in the communities in which we operate about the importance of mosquito control and the amazing work of non-profits like blood banks and Nothing But Nets. Although this week falls during one of our busiest months of the year, it does not stop our passionate franchisees from giving back in their communities. This year, National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (MCAW), recognized by the American Mosquito Control Association, fell on June 24th – June 30th, and it was a memorable week for Mosquito Joe.

Mosquitoes date back to over 100 million years, which means they’re not going anywhere anytime soon so it’s important to protect your families and furry friends. Not only are they nuisances who ruin your outdoor fun, but they can transmit dangerous diseases such as Zika, West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The diseases mosquitoes carry make them one of the deadliest creatures on earth, responsible for over 1 million deaths every year. Luckily, here in the U.S. we’re able to combat these pesky bugs with a professional mosquito control service like Mosquito Joe. Our franchisees are dedicated to spreading awareness about mosquitoes and the illnesses they cause as well as working to fight off mosquito populations in their local areas. MCAW brings professional mosquito control to light and we’re thankful for this opportunity to give back.

Beat The Bloodsuckers
This is Mosquito Joe’s sixth year participating in our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Franchisees had the opportunity to partner with a local blood bank in their area or with our philanthropic partner, Nothing But Nets. Mosquito Joe locations across the country joined with local blood banks donating 10% of new customer sales from that week to their blood bank of choice. This year we were able to donate over $7,000 and partner with 26 blood banks!

For the second year in a row, Mosquito Joe partnered with Nothing But Nets, a global grassroots campaign that was established in 2006. Since then, they’ve raised over $65 million to help deliver 12 million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions like diagnostic treatments and training of healthcare workers. A mosquito net sent to someone in need is just $10; for every new Mosquito Joe customer signed during MCAW, a net was sent! This year our company raised over $24,000, sending 2,413 life-saving nets during Mosquito Control Awareness Week to those in need!

Mosquito Control Awareness Graphic 2018

 

The Buzz!
Our amazing franchisees were out there rocking it in their local communities to spread awareness around the importance of mosquito control. Mosquito Joe locations were featured 131 times across the U.S. and secured 14 TV segments in just one week. We’re excited so many franchisees were able to further educate their communities on mosquito control, and how important it really is to keep our families and furry friends itch-free! Check out a few highlights below:

We’re very proud of our franchisees and so happy we were able to give back to these non-profit organizations by supporting the amazing work that they do through our 2018 Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Mosquito Joe continues to partner with Nothing But Nets through our ongoing MoJo Bites Back campaign. To support us in our mission, consider donating to our MoJo Bites Back campaign as we raise funds for malaria and bring awareness to malaria-stricken areas. It will only cost you $10 to send a net; make a difference for a family in need today!

Thanks to our participating franchisees, each blood bank that we partnered with, Nothing But Nets, and our AMAZING customers that helped make this year’s Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the huge success that it was.

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Mosquito Joe Named a Top Low-Cost Franchise by Franchise Business Review

Mosquito Joe was identified by independent franchisee satisfaction research firm, Franchise Business Review, as one of only 80 franchises to qualify for its 2018 Top Low-Cost Franchises list. Brands on the list had to have high franchisee satisfaction and an investment of under $100,000 at the time their franchisees participated in Franchise Business Review’s franchisee satisfaction survey.

Franchise Business Review provides the only ranking of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. These rankings are published as part of the annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as in quarterly reports throughout the year that rank the top franchises in specific sectors.

Thousands of franchisees representing nearly 150 low-cost brands participated in Franchise Business Review’s franchisee satisfaction survey between November 2016 and May 2018. Mosquito Joe’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations and financial opportunity.

Let’s hear from one of Mosquito Joe’s very own franchisees: “Melissa and I loved the branding, the business model, and the team. Everything was in place from day one and we knew there would be a need in our hometown. With Mosquito Joe, we’re making a living and changing the lives of people who could never enjoy the outside.” – Kurt and Melissa Godwin – Million Dollar Club Members – Mosquito Joe of Baltimore- Annapolis.

“Many people never consider buying a franchise because they think they can’t afford it. But what they don’t know is that there are a number of very solid business opportunities out there that can provide the satisfaction and perks of business ownership but don’t require a huge financial investment,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “The low-cost franchises that made this year’s list are excellent options for those who are looking to make the leap to business ownership.”

Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full list of 2018 Top Franchises.

 

IS MOSQUITO JOE THE FRANCHISE FOR YOU?

If you’re looking for a fun, fast growing opportunity with great long-term financial potential, look no further than Mosquito Joe. We’ve grown from 171 territories open and 278 territories sold in 2016 to 234 territories open and 300 sold in 2017, across 32 states. We are growing in 2018 to 288 territories open and 353 sold, spanning 35 states. We are the fastest growing company in our field and are on the verge of becoming the industry leader. None of this would be possible without our franchise owners across the country. They are the heart of our business and help fuel our success each and every day. Give us a call at 1-855-564-6563 or visit our website to learn more.

 

 

 

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Mosquito Joe Makes Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchise List for 2018

Mosquito Joe was recognized by independent franchisee satisfaction research firm Franchise Business Review as being 1 of 50 franchises to qualify for its Top Franchise List for 2018. This list is a result of surveys sent to the system that gauges franchisee satisfaction and gives performance reviews. Franchise Business Review surveyed around 30,000 franchise owners, representing 334 franchise brands, to determine the Top 50 Franchises in four size classes. Mosquito Joe falls within the “large” class size with 288 locations.

“Our Mosquito Joe business opportunity provides a simple, low-cost, seasonal business that can allow you more time to spend with your family and the freedom of working for yourself,” said Lou Schager, President of Mosquito Joe.  “Our extensive corporate support system and recurring revenue model means you can thrive as a business owner in a high-growth market.  Homeowners and businesses alike are realizing the necessity of mosquito, tick and flea control services, so our operators can also feel good about serving their community while making outside fun again.”

The 50 brands that made the 2018 Top Franchise List did so as a result of their franchisees rating high satisfaction within their systems. Visit the Franchise Business Review website to see the full list of 2018 Top Franchise Opportunities and check out Mosquito Joe’s Franchise Business Review Profile here.

“Melissa and I loved the branding, the business model, and the team. Everything was in place from day one and we knew there would be a need in our hometown. With Mosquito Joe, we’re making a living and changing the lives of people who could never enjoy the outside.” – Kurt and Melissa Godwin, Mosquito Joe Franchise Owners & Million Dollar Club Members – Baltimore- Annapolis.

If you have a dream to own your own business, we can help you make that a reality. Not only can you improve your quality of life, but you can also make outside fun again for your community by becoming a Mosquito Joe franchise partner. The mosquito control industry is a high growth market, and Mosquito Joe has emerged as an industry leader with strong branding, best-in-class systems, unparalleled corporate support, and the ability to grow rapidly nationwide. There’s never been a better time to become the hero in your area and start your own Mosquito Joe franchise than right now!

If the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity sounds like the one for you, check out our Franchise Information Page and contact our franchise development team today for more information.

 

 

 

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Entrepreneur’s Best of the Best Franchises List

Mosquito Joe was recently included in Entrepreneur magazine’s Best of the Best Franchises list, which recognizes 110 companies who ranked at the top of their industry categories in Entrepreneur’s 2018 Franchise 500 ranking. Mosquito Joe ranked #1 in the Pest Control industry and we are absolutely thrilled to be leading the pack in 2018!

The mosquito control industry is a high growth market, and Mosquito Joe has emerged as an industry leader with our strong branding, best-in-class systems, unparalleled Corporate support, and the ability to grow rapidly throughout the country.

“Melissa and I loved the branding, the business model, and the team. Everything was in place from day one and we knew there would be a need in our hometown. With Mosquito Joe, we’re making a living and changing the lives of people who could never enjoy the outside.” – Kurt and Melissa Godwin, Mosquito Joe Franchise Owners (Million Dollar Club Members) – Baltimore-Annapolis, MD

Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 rankings are based on a comprehensive evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Mosquito Joe ranking at the top of our category, and #42 overall, confirms our status as an industry leader.

“More than 1,000 companies applied for this year’s Franchise 500, making it one of our most competitive rankings ever,” says Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur’s Editor in Chief. “So, for these companies to not only rank but land at the top of their respective categories is quite an achievement.”

To view us in the full listing, click here for Franchises List. The list can also be seen in the May issue of Entrepreneur, available now on newsstands.

There’s never been a better time to start thinking about becoming the hero in your area with your own Mosquito Joe franchise.

IS MOSQUITO JOE THE FRANCHISE FOR YOU?

Virginia Beach, VA-based Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers in areas across the nation. Technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to getting rid of mosquitoes so people can enjoy being outside again. While each Mosquito Joe is an independently owned franchise that offers customers reliable and effective service from a trusted community member, it is also backed by a strong network of technical expertise. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit our franchising website.

 

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Mosquito Joe Makes Best Franchise Opportunities for 2018 List

Mosquito Joe was identified by independent franchisee satisfaction research firm Franchise Business Review as being 1 of 50 franchises to qualify for its Top Franchise List for 2018. This list is a result of surveys sent to the system that gauges franchisee satisfaction and gives performance reviews. FBR surveyed around 30,000 franchise owners, representing 334 franchise brands, to determine the Top 50 Franchises in four size classes. Mosquito Joe falls within the “Large” class size with 285 locations.

“Our Mosquito Joe business opportunity provides a simple, low-cost, seasonal business that can allow you more time to spend with your family and the freedom of working for yourself,” said Lou Schager, President of Mosquito Joe.  “Our extensive corporate support system and recurring revenue model means you can thrive as a business owner in a high-growth market.  Homeowners and businesses alike are realizing the necessity of mosquito control services, so our operators can also feel good about serving their community while making outside fun again.”

The 50 brands that made the 2018 Top Franchise List did so as a result of their franchisees rating high satisfaction within their systems. Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full list of 2018 Top Franchise Opportunities and check out Mosquito Joe’s Franchise Business Review Profile here.

“Melissa and I loved the branding, the business model, and the team. Everything was in place from day one and we knew there would be a need in our hometown. With Mosquito Joe, we’re making a living and changing the lives of people who could never enjoy the outside.” – Kurt and Melissa Godwin, Mosquito Joe Franchise Owners (Million Dollar Club Members) – Baltimore- Annapolis.

If you have a dream to own your own business, we can help you make that a reality. Not only can you improve your quality of life, but you can also make outside fun again for your community by becoming a Mosquito Joe franchise partner. The mosquito control industry is a high growth market, and Mosquito Joe has emerged as an industry leader with strong branding, best-in-class systems, unparalleled Corporate support, and the ability to grow rapidly nationwide. There’s never been a better time to become the hero in your area and start your own Mosquito Joe franchise than right now!

If the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity sounds like the one for you, check out our Franchise Information Page and contact our franchise development team today for more information.

 

 

 

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