When considering a franchise opportunity, you may want to think outside the box.  Often people looking at business opportunities search inside their current skill set or trade.

Carpenters look at construction related franchises, electrician looks at franchises in the electrical field, etc.  Consider the other experience you  have and think of how you could utilize that in almost any field.  You may have sales experience, marketing experience, management experience, etc. and none of these skills are “field” specific.

Grady Barnard began to look for opportunities outside his field and shares his experience of getting into the franchise arena below.

“Hi, my name is Grady Barnard.  I am in the Technology field with a great company, but wanted to diversify my income, so after looking at several opportunities decided to go with the Squad. In the end I feel as if this opportunity will give me financial freedom and a better quality of life for my family.

After looking at several opportunities, I decided on Mosquito Squad for several reasons:

  1. Initial Investment
  2. A true need in our area, plus the ability to help others enjoy the outdoors as I do – Mosquito Free
  3. A company (OLB) that has been around for a while with other successful franchise opportunities

So far the company has been a great help getting us started – I think what closed it was the fact they do not take everyone who has money to spend. You go through an evaluation process to determine:

1. if the opportunity is right for you

2. if you are a good fit with the company.

That was big in my mind.  I am looking forward to a big season in 2010.”

As you have read, Grady decided to think outside the box and consider utilizing his skills in an unrelated field to reach his goals.  With the right mind set, the sky is the limit with franchising.

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When Scott Anderson was looking for a way to grow his business, and leverage his existing customer base, he opted to pursue a franchise opportunity.  On January 11, 2010, Scott inquired about an Outdoor Living Brands franchise opportunity.  Scott and his father, Keith, had worked hard to build a successful business in the Augusta, Georgia area.  

Scott and Keith began the process of investigating a franchise opportunity in mid January, 2010.  Keith attended a Confirmation Day in early February, the Franchise Agreement was executed on February 18th and the business was launched in March, 2010. 

Below is Scott’s story in his own words.

“My name is Scott Anderson, I purchased the Mosquito Squad franchise in Augusta, Georgia in February.  My father and I currently own a Landscape Design/Build and Management firm.  We felt like Mosquito Squad would be a great complimentary business for a few different reasons.   

1.  It is a great way to sale additional services.   

2.  It offers a great service to our customers.  Our customers spend large money on projects in their yard so they can enjoy the yard.  Pests such as Mosquitoes can make for undesirable evenings in a back yard.  We felt like Mosquito Squad was a nice solution to our customer’s problems. 

Though we have not started spraying as of yet, I recently finished my training and I am working on my marketing strategy and I am very optimistic.  Mosquito Squad has given me the tools to start this new business.  I feel that it will be a great success.” 

When business owners have worked diligently to grow their customer base, build a referral network, and have provided excellent customer service and begin looking for a way to leverage their experience, franchising can be the best way to achieve their growth objectives.  Utilizing a proven system allows you the opportunity to add a service with a team of professionals assisting with getting up the learning curve while you focus on your business.

This week, Russ Jundt of Mosquito Squad of Minnesota began his multi-video sessions on discussing the topic of Mosquito Management in ones home and property. While they offer mosquito and exterior pest control at a professional level, there are certain things that you as the homeowner can do from a preventative measure to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes on your property, such as looking around the property for things that collect water.

The video is available on YouTube at http://bit.ly/c2PndX. Continue checking in the upcoming weeks for more sessions with Russ.

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.

Let’s face it, meeting friends for dinner in a restaurant is not quite what it is cracked up to be.  How many times do you find difficult parking, long waits, noise that is hard to talk over, and checks that do nothing but increase your anxiety? More often then you want to recall, right? The benefits of entertaining outdoors are many! Hosting a casual dinner in your backyard is a great idea and a much more relaxing way to go. It gives you and your friends a break from the stress and hassle of restaurant dining while enjoying the tranquil setting of your backyard at the same time.   When you move your venue to your backyard, it opens up a lot more possibilities to make your party relaxing, entertaining and stand out from the rest. There are numerous ways to spice up the party. To make your backward party a hit, use these simple tips.

Keep the menu simple.  Something delicious to grill, a tossed salad, yummy rolls, your favorite ice cream and your good to go.

Create a fun theme.  Example, ask each guest to bring their favorite childhood photo and swap funny stories about what you did as kids.

Pre-set the table on the deck. Again keep it simple, keep it inviting

Music sets the mood.  Keep it fun, festive, loud enough to notice … but not too loud to become distracting.

No Pests.  Don’t let mosquitos spoil the mood.  Call Mosquito Squad and they will keep them away from your yard throughout the year.

These are the ingredients I have found in the benefits of entertaining outdoors!


Despite the sluggish economy, most consumers are engaging in some form of outdoor entertaining, with an average frequency of about four times per year. While monitoring their spending, many have found it acceptable to invest a portion of their savings in select household items and that includes outdoor entertaining. According to a recent report, Outdoor Entertaining Trends 2008: Consumers Bring the Indoors Out, from The NPD Group, Inc., a leading market research company, roughly 45 percent of outdoor entertainers purchased some type of related product in the past 12 months.

In addition, more than 40 percent of outdoor entertainers tell NPD they plan to purchase/add an item to their property in the next 12 months. Firepits/outdoor fireplaces, outdoor lighting, and water fountain/décor were among the top products outdoor entertainers said they plan to purchase within the next year.

In addition to products for entertaining, people have also considered what other factors go into home entertainment and outdoor living, such as Mosquito & Tick Control. What ever the need is, when it comes to outdoor living, there is typically a professional that can handle it from the Outdoor Living Brands group of companies.

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