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Driven Landscapes

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Driven Landscapes

Driven Landscapes is a lawn-care and landscape management franchise for residential and commercial clients. Founder Jonathan Orcutt said that what sets Driven Landscapes apart is their "professional approach to an all-too-often less-than-professional industry."

Based in the Boston area, Driven Landscapes has only been in business for a few years, but Orcutt said the company is now looking to actively expand across the Northeast. He added that franchisees should expect him to be an active participant in their success.

"What drives me the most is the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge with individuals and give them all the advantages I wish I had when I started Driven Landscapes five years ago," he said. "I believe support is one of the most important resources you can have when starting any business."

Cost to buy: $25,000
Fees: 7 percent of gross sales revenues, with a minimum flat fee required royalty payment, plus about $300 monthly in software access and maintenance fees

Source: Driven Landscapes