Mosquito Squad franchise recruitment


Yesterday, Mosquito Squad, one of the franchise systems owned by Outdoor Living Brands, completed the training of its largest class of new franchisees ever. 

We are delighted to welcome this group of new franchise owners into the family of Outdoor Living Brands.  We look forward to supporting their efforts to pusure their personal, business and career goals by growing vibrant Mosquito Squad franchise businesses in the years ahead!

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As the leader of an outdoor living franchise company, we are always looking for qualified and properly capitalized franchisees to join our franchise systems – Archadeck, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and Mosquito Squad.

I am delighted to announce a record setting new class of Mosquito Squad franchisees will be starting their initial training in Richmond on December 7, 2009. This is the largest training class ever for Mosquito Squad and Outdoor Living Brands; it completes our efforts to more than double the Mosquito Squad franchise system in 2009. The new franchisees will be preparing to launch their franchise operations in 2010 and will start protecting families from both the annoying bites and the dangers of insect borne diseases next spring. 

MSF 3560 December 2009 Record Training Press Release – Final

I (and our entire team) look forward to supporting these new franchisees to help them to reach their personal, business and lifestyle objectives that led them to invest in and launch their Mosquito Squad franchise businesses!

Wow, we are experiencing some strong building momentum with our Mosquito Squad franchise business, part of Outdoor Living Brands!  Since acquiring the company in the first quarter of 2009 with approximately 17 franchise locations, we will more than double the company by the end of the year – in fact, we are likely to have more than 40 franchise locations at the beginning of 2010. 

Despite the economic climate, 2009 was a very strong season for the Mosquito Squad franchise system and demand is running extremely strong from individuals seeking to join this rapidly growing franchise system.  We are working on finalizing plans for a very large December training class and expect continued rapid expansion in 2010.  It is fun and rewarding to be part of a dynamic growing franchise system that is helping our franchisees to reach their personal and business goals.

Without the risk of failure, many people would likey take more chances in an effort to achieve their personal and business goals. However, unfortunately, eliminating the risk of failing is just not possible.  Failure is a natural part of life.  Everyone fails during their life, sometime many times over. 

However, out of failure comes learning.  Out of failure comes personal growth.  Out of failure comes innovation.  A recent study of large company CEO’s revealed that many had gone through bleak, rough patches in their careers. These leaders didn’t see these experiences as “failures”, rather they saw them as opportunities to learn and get better in their lives and business careers. 

Fear of failure can cause dangerous paralysis – it can lead to inaction and a perpetuation of the status quo.  Feal of failure can lead to inaction which will ensure you don’t achieve the change (for the better) in your life and career.  However, as has been said many times, insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. 

If there are changes you are considering in your career to reach your goals – go for it.  whether it is a new job or investing in a franchise – make it happen.  What do you have to lose except the status quo?  What do you have to lose except the opportunity to reach your goals!

As the leader of a multi-branded outdoor living franchise company, I have a lot of demands on my time – setting the corporate culture, guiding operations, strategic planning, franchise recruiting, franchise relations, shareholder and lender relations, employee issues, and, of course, responsibility for the financial performance of the overall enterprise – all of these activities require regular attention.  Most days, there are simply far more demands on my time than I have time!

This can be frustrating at times.  I’m a perfectionist and want to do it all. However, as a leader, I am learning to force myself to allocate time to the activities that will grow our company.  This takes discipline and constant evaluation of whether my activities and time are focused on the “right things” that will drive the long-term growth of this organization.  It is simply too easy to get consumed by the daily operational and administrative demands of the business.  However, leadership means responsibility – to franchisees, employees, lenders and shareholders.  Leadership also means being accountable.  

I’m working to be accountable to myself each day in an analysis of how I spent the day – did I focus on the right activities that will drive this organization forward over the next 5-10 years?  While the discipline can be hard, it’s not a difficult process.  Just stop before you leave the office and think about how you spent the last 10-12 hours.  If it was not on the right things, then re-set the priorities for tomorrow!  Every day bring a fresh opportunity to get it right.

It is also an exercise in trusting the people around me.  We are fortunate to have an exceptionally strong leadership team.  I trust the team to accomplish the operational priorities and try to stay out of their way to let them achieve great things.  It is also necessary from time to time to hold them accountable to solve issues and challenges without having them “bubble up” to me.  If too many issues reach me, I’m placing a constraint on the long-term growth and development of the organization and our people.

As you assess where you are in achieving your personal, financial and career goals, I urge you to do the same thing I do everyday – challenge yourself by asking if you have focused every hour of everyday on doing the things that will allow you to reach your goals.  If not, make the changes in your daily routine that will allow you to successfully reach your goals!

Recently, as the president of a multi-branded outdoor living franchise company, I had the pleasure of receiving a call from one of our franchise owners.  The franchisee was asking questions about the mechanics of selling his franchise business.  He had recently been approached by an interested party about selling the company.  This franchise owner had been one of the very early adopters of the brand and business model and had built an extremely successful operation in his local market – one that attracted attention of a potential suitor.  I offered some advice for the upcoming negotiations and my ongoing support then I wished him good luck!

A short time later, I received another call from the franchisee indicating that the buyer and seller had reached agreement regarding a transaction.  As a leader of a franchise company, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing our franchise owners create significant equity value and reap the rewards of their hard work!  After all, it is these life goals – wealth creation, income, debt reduction and control over their lifestyle – that led them to invest and start a franchise business in the first place.  It is wonderful to see our franchisees come full circle and reach the finish line!

According to the International Finance Association, franchised businesses continue to grow at a rapid pace. Over 400,000 franchised businesses now employ nearly 10 million people with a payroll of $230 billion. Every year, thousands of individuals choose to get into business ownership via franchising. A franchise offers a path to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

Franchises can be a great path for people seeking to start a business, but wanting use a proven concept that has already been tested. A franchise helps to lower the risk of business ownership as other have developed the system and found out what works and what doesn’t.  If you want to be an entrepreneur and build the business from your own ideas, then start a business yourself. If not, consider finding a franchise that is right for you!  I recently wrote an article in Qualified Remodeler magazine about how to select a franchise opportunity that is right for you.  I invite you to check it out in the attached link.

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