What did you do before joining Jim’s Mowing?
Before joining Jim’s I was working as a Security Officer at Olympic Dam.
What frustrated you about your previous employment?
Working at a BHP site is challenging to say the least. While the job and money was very good, the rules and regulations and constant overseeing by BHP Supervisors was over the top.
Why did you end up joining Jim’s over other things you were considering?
We had been considering starting our own gardening business while we were working at Olympic Darn. The company we worked for lost the security contract and therefore, we lost our jobs. Knowing two other Jimbos who were very happy with their businesses, helped us to decide that Jim’s Mowing was the right choice for us. 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!
What did you find challenging about being in Jim’s Mowing?
Number one is learning to say no! Getting the balance right between work and play is still eluding me, as I’ve been doing this for over 3 years and still work the majority of weekends, but not all, so I’m getting better at it.
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