Hi Colsy,With all your nursery and gardening experience you gained, plus you were a part of middle management team. You are a smart cookie; I couldn't understand why you can't start your own business, with the skills and management under your belt. Are you relying on leads for Jim's to get by? Or don't have the confidence to go out by yourself?I don't have as much experience as yourself, I mowed lawns at home, and I started a business and we already have 3-4 regulars and no $11 lead fee or monthly franchise fees of $600. The reason why a franchise charge higher, is that they have to cover their fees. Take away all the costs in your first year; you most likely be making under $60 per hour? Any lead fee that comes in that doesn't mean guarantee work, and you have to pay that. Your $60ish per hour, minus $11 lead fee if it's work or not, plus $600 per month.Wouldn't you be better of doing it yourself with all the experience and management skills? We all make our own decisions.
I've got no dog in this fight, but seriously? You've got 3 clients and want to start giving business management advice after being here a week.
Maybe focus on your own business for a while mate.