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How to start a lawn mowing business

How to start a lawn mowing business. Everything you need to know – straight up, without the jargon.

Think starting a lawn mowing business is as simply as loading your mower into the back of your trailer and off you go? There’s a bit more to it than that. We’ve got almost 30 years’ experience in starting lawn mowing businesses all over this great country of ours… so here’s some things to think about, if you’re considering taking the plunge.

How do I start a mowing business?

If you’re starting from scratch, then here’s a list of just some of the things you’ll need to get sorted:

  • Business name and registration
  • ABN
  • Branding
  • Business Cards & Brochures
  • Insurance
  • GST Registration
  • Website
  • Google Business Profile
  • Marketing
  • Software
  • Payments collection
  • Staff
  • Bookkeeping
  • Legislative compliance
  • Tax
  • Equipment
  • Charges for your services
  • Services offered
  • Trailer
  • Keeping track of jobs / quotes
  • Chemicals – safe use and storage
  • Workplace Health & Safety legislation
 

This is the tip of the iceberg… this list could go on for pages! And the most important thing of all… is you have to be able to find yourself customers!

How much does a lawn mowing business make?

The answer to this question comes down to just two things…

  1. How much are you charging for your services; and
  2. How much are you prepared to work?
 

Like anything in life, often the more you put in, the more you get out. We have lawn mowing businesses in our network who employ teams of staff and turn over thousands each week. We also have single owner operators who work at their own pace, and choose the hours they want to work. Obviously, their turnover is less – but it meets their own business and lifestyle goals.

You can structure your business for growth and expansion, or you can structure it so it keeps you busy when you want to be, but gives you flexibility and time for your family when you need it.

How much you earn, is up to you.

Are lawn mowing businesses profitable?

Most businesses can be profitable if you put in the work, if your pricing is right, if you have enough customers and if you control your costs.

Business owners in our network achieve high average hourly charge-out rates because there’s a great demand for their services, and because we train business owners on how to quote and price their jobs correctly.  

If you don’t get the pricing formula right, then you’ll always feel like you’re trying to catch up.

Remember however, it always comes down to the work and effort you put in.

Is a lawn mowing franchise worth it?

If you’ve been reading this blog and thinking, this all sounds a bit more complicated that you thought initially, then you’re not wrong. Starting a business is hard work! It’s not for everyone, and there’s a lot to navigate in those early stages.

Buying a lawn mowing franchise is a great option, if you’re looking for a helping hand along the way.

Remember that list of all the things you needed to do when you started your own lawn mowing business… buying a franchise means you have help with every single one of those things! We train you, we market your business, we step you though all the compliance you need to be aware of, we guide you on the right equipment (or provide it for you) and we have an entire team behind you, ready to support you and help you grow your business.

A franchise is an accelerated business start-up strategy, and let’s you get on with the job faster.

If you want to have a chat with our team about starting your own lawn mowing business, just get in touch. justin@jameshomeservices.com.au

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