What did you do before joining Jim’s Mowing?
I was a tour guide in Africa and South America before coming to Adelaide where I took tour groups through the outback and to Kangaroo Island.
What frustrated you about your previous employment?
I was always on the road with very little down time, and tourism is also one of the lowest paid industries.
What were you looking for in an opportunity?
My wife and I wanted to settle and start a family, so I needed more of a routine and a job where I could control my own hours.
Why did you choose Jim’s over other options?
I chose Jim’s as they came across very professional and well organised. All the other Jim’s I spoke to really enjoyed their work and controlled their own hours depending on what sort of income they wanted or needed.
What do you like best about Jim’s Mowing?
Being my own boss is fantastic, I have more time with my family and set up my hours around our needs. The franchisors are only a phone call away, if I ever have any questions or need anything.
What do you find challenging?
There is more work than just the daily mowing etc. You get home and spend time organising your diary and ringing clients each day, as well as accounting. It is often hard chasing payments from clients too.
What money do you make now compared to previous employment?
Compared to tour guiding where I worked huge hours, I now make double the money in half the hours which means more time with my family.
I was working around 50 hours a week and earning 50K a year. In Jim’s I work around 30¬38 hours a week and would earn around 150K a year. ..we plan to pay off our mortgage and make a big dent in the 2 rentals properties we have been able to buy (even buy another).
Lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle. No weekends, no shift work, no stress, fewer deadlines…. and no politics. And my wife can do what she wants to do and concentrate on being a mother and raising our two boys, keeping our home and supporting me and the business.
I actually find it more fun than challenging. When I try something and it works, I know I've made everything that bit easier and/or more $$. I've also split my round 5 times in 5 years for a total of $90k extra income. I never miss a rock concert or birthday party, and there's never a moment at work when I wish I was at home.
Since I bought my Mowing round, I have lost count of the number of times I have been told by family and friends how happy and relaxed I look. I knew I wasn't happy where my work life was heading beforehand, but I never realised how visible it was also to everyone else. The support we got from Gerry, Shane & Rets our Franchisors was vitally important to a smooth transition and has been on-going, only a phone call away or by email. We were impressed from the very first initial meeting.
The professionalism of the Jim's Group very much impressed us. People trust and respect the Jim's name, and that has helped us to grow our business very quickly. The help and support has been terrific!
Well after 2 months i grew from 80 to 105 odd clients, I did my first split after 8 months, I have landed a 1mth trial with a retirement home that I was doing some lawns for as the caretaker of all gardens which will let my wife leave her job.
Being my own boss is fantastic, I have more time with my family and set up my hours around our needs. The franchisors are only a phone call away, if I ever have any questions or need anything. I now make double the money in half the hours which means more time with my family.
Jim's offers me contact with everyday people and I can be of help and assistance to them, in a way, not dissimilar to my former job. I have some clients that I can choose to do those extra little things for, like my elderly clients, which makes me, and them feel good.
Jim's Mowing South Australia
203 South Road
1300 783 928