Take these 8 steps to joining Jim's Mowing and you can start taking control of your life.
Make Enquiry to get The Franchise Information Kit.
Book a time to have a personal one on one consultation over a coffee with The Franchisor.
Spend a day in the field with a Jim's Mowing Franchise.
Discuss with The Franchisor some business options.
Meet Jim and complete the training course in Melbourne.
ABN, Police Check, PO Box, Bank Account
Organize to have documents issued on the business you wish to purchase.
Sign Up, Start your business & Start earning money from day 1.
Starting any business is a significant decision and there is always risk involved. We do not promise that you’ll get rich fast. On the contrary, this is a real business that requires real work. But if you put in the effort, the rewards can be outstanding. To help, you have the support of the founder Jim Penman and over 1,500 franchisees that have done what you are hoping to do. While your success is not guaranteed, you will be part of the largest mowing franchise in the world, where people join together to find success. Please take your time to do your research. Speak with our franchisees and find out the truth about how much money they make, how they got started and how much time and effort they put into their business each week. Best yet, arrange with us to spend a TRIAL DAY in the field with one of our trainers.
You have the choice to:
There are several variables and options. Broadly speaking, the worth of a Jim’s Mowing business is formulated around the number of regular (consistent) customers multiplied by the amount charged for mowing services and is called the “Cut Value.” A business that is bought with no customers starts from $38k and a business with customers starts from $45k. The amount depends upon the regular cut value you purchase when you buy into the business. These prices include all your starting gear, trailer, uniforms, stationery, training and the franchise itself. Lease to buy options on equipment, trailers and more can reduce the amount of initial cash outlay significantly. You should consult with your accountant or tax advisor for details.
We have a few different finance options to help you. Our affiliate, Jim’s Finance has helped hundreds of people become franchisees and we also work with finance brokers who make the process of financing the business an easy process. From time to time when the demand is so great for an area that really needs a franchisee, we have part vendor financed the business to get it up and running as this benefits not only Jims Mowing but can help someone who has had finance issues get involved in our franchise system.
During 2014 the average Jim’s NSW franchisee had gross earnings of $117,000. That means that some franchisees made a lot more. The Jim’s opportunity is a business, a franchise system, not an employment or sub-contract agreement. When you become a franchisee, you set your own prices, collect all monies and actually build your own client base and goodwill (with support from Jim’s). So really the sky is the limit as to how successful you can become. No guarantees. Your income level is dependent on the time and effort you put into your business and the lifestyle you wish to achieve.
Mother Nature has determined that in winter the grass will be growing slower. The winter is a period that can be of concern, however; as you build your business we train you on other services that you can offer customers to continue to generate income during the times when mowing slows. Other services are pruning, weeding, mulching, high pressure cleaning, gutter clearing, window cleaning, handyman jobs, weed spraying, fertilising, lawn renovations the list keeps going on. We have also found that some of our best franchise owners have started during winter so they get to understand how the business works before things get too busy to get the right fundamentals in place.
Fees are central to all franchising systems. However, unlike the majority of franchises where fees are calculated as a percentage of sales and the more you earn the more you pay, Jim’s charges a flat monthly fee. There is a fixed fee of a little over $170 per week that includes your franchise fee and your advertising contribution. There is also a lead fee of $8.60 per new lead. This is the variable in Jims Mowing as the more leads you take the more you pay. Our aim is to train you to become self-sufficient and less reliant on the leads in our system as you build your franchise. More than half our franchise owners after 3 years don’t need more work from us as they have lucrative businesses with ongoing referrals they self-generate.
No you don’t. However, clearly a vehicle to transport your equipment is a necessity. Several options are available with trailers of varying sizes, a flatbed style Ute, a van and in some cases a small lightweight truck. In many suburbs a trailer is simply not practical. As a bonus, a sign-written vehicle is actually a mobile billboard and this helps bring in walk ups and to drive business in the area as people see you doing good work at their neighbours’ properties and we usually get calls from others in the same street when a Jimbo has left a job looking amazing.
Diligently and consistently managing the amazing Jim’s Computer System is a key to getting leads and therefore the prospect to turn the leads into customers. The state-of-the art computer system allows you to select the times you want to work, and combined with the services that you are qualified to perform and the areas (suburbs) you can cover will maximize your opportunities. A Jim’s Mowing franchisee will typically get between 150 and 250 leads in their first year of which we would expect 1 in 3 would become a regular customer so in your first year you should have between 50-80 regulars after your first 12 months in business. The Jim’s Mowing System along with, pick-ups and referrals build on top of any customer base you may have purchased when starting out in business. Usually after 3 to 6 months in business you will require less work as you fill out your working schedule.
Yes. Our powerful Paid for Work Guarantee of $1,400 per week is available to you as a “safety net” Starting a new business can be tough financially. Firstly there is the outlay to get things started. Then there is the initial growth stage where you have yet to have enough clients to give you a full income. That’s where the Jim’s Pay for Work Guarantee is so valuable. In return for giving away free or discounted services to qualified prospective clients, Jim’s will pay you for your work. It’s an easy way to help you market your services and it’s a great way to ensure that you earn adequate money in the early stages.
Try before you buy... Spending a TRIAL DAY in the field with a current franchisee is an opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to run a Jim’s Mowing franchise. Working alongside the franchisee you will see how our system works have access to the inner workings of the business. In just about all cases, experiencing “a day-in-the-life” delivers what you need to move forward with confidence. “A very real insight into what it is like to be a Jim’s Mowing franchisee. More than any other thing this helped me decide to join.” Stuart Hurley (Eastwood East)
We would like to meet with you (and your partner/spouse if possible) in person to talk about what you want and what a Jim’s Mowing business offers. So much as you need to assess the Jim’s Mowing opportunity, we need to assess you. We want to make sure that we are the right suitable for each other. We would then get you out with one of our franchise owners so you can see what it is all about. You will get to ask one of our franchise owners all the good bad and ugly about Jims to see if it is a good fit for you. We will also get our local trainer to give us feedback as to how he believes you will go in the franchise and if you showed the attributes we look for in a franchisee.
When can I start earning money in the business?
There is a compulsory week of training held at the Jim’s Group national headquarters in Mooroolbark Melbourne and this gives you a great insight into the franchise and how it all works. The training is also designed to help get your business ready from day one with all the information provided to assist in your ongoing business success. There is also a three day “hands-on” orientation training in the field with one of our Jim’s Mowing trainers. The trainer will take you through how to quote along with giving you some much needed practical training to help get you job ready. Then there is the transfer period for those who have purchased customers this normally takes one to two weeks depending on how many customers you purchase. From the time of commitment through the mandatory “cooling off” period, the paperwork and the training it is typically around 5 to 6 weeks until the actual start date.