If you like the idea of operating a lawn mowing business but don't actually want to go through the process of starting one up on your own, you might be wondering about buying a lawn mowing franchise.
At the end of the day, the choice is really up to you, it's impossible for us to know what is available in the area you are looking and the time of your decision so we're not in a position to advise you on the lawn mowing franchise that might work for you. On the other hand, we can go over common things that you should think about before making a decision if you have decided to buy a law mowing franchise.
Should you buy a mowing franchise?
If you are undecided, we have another article you might want to read first "Should you buy a lawn mowing franchise?", that article has information on the pros and cons of buying into a franchise, questions you need to ask of yourself first, the Franchising Code of Conduct and much, much more.
What to consider when choosing a lawn mowing franchise to buy?
- Brand Strength: You're likely to face a higher price tag for a better brand name, but your are likely to get more work via them too.
- Reputation: Do at minimum a web search to see how each company stands in the larger lawn care / garden maintenance marketplace.
- Recommendations: If you know anyone that's already bought other lawn mowing franchises, their experience will hold great value. You could also ask around on forums.
- Upfront Costs: Most lawn mowing franchises are going to have upfront cost between $5,000 to even up to $60,000, of course whether that is worth it (or not) depends on the following factors.
- Ongoing Fees: These cover necessities like call centre referrals, administration, and marketing. You really need to think about what you are getting each month and if it is justified
- Your Personal Circumstances: These can include your own experience in lawn mowing, individual skills, professional experience in operating a business of any kind, timeframes, schedules, goals, and finances.
- Personal Rapport: How well you get along with the master franchisor and/or franchise sales person can influence how enjoyable your work life proves for you, these days a lot of the work coming from franchises will be via email or SMS, however when you do need to talk to them you want it to be pleasant.
Perhaps Don't Buy a lawn care franchise!
If you're looking to buy a lawn mowing franchise just to grow your customers, you do have other options. Check out our 23 tips for growing your or a lawn mowing business.
If you actually already own your business for lawn mowing, as well as ABN, then you might want to register with expertEasy in order to gain more lawn mowing work.
So, which mowing franchise is the best?
You will have to make that call on your own. However, here's a list of lawn mowing franchises from the Australian market that you can compare, the following brands are listed in no particular order and the list is far from fully comprehensive and none them are endorsement by us in any way, we have not received any payment for listing any of them.
VIP Home Services started back in 1979 and are based in SA
Jim's Mowing dates back to 1989 and is based in VIC
Express Lawn Mowing & Gardening is based in QLD and is the second biggest home services franchise group.
Grey Army based in VIC
Graham's Garden Care started back in 1982 and is based in QLD
Fox Mowing & Gardening was started in just 2012 by a former master franchisor from Jim's Mowing, now based in SA
James Home Services was purchased in 2015 by Just 1 Call from QLD, which itself started in 1993
Andrew's Affordable Mowing Service started back in 1984 and is based in QLD
Top Cut Lawn Mowing is based in VIC
1300 4 Gardening started back in 1998 and is based in QLD
Mark's Mowing is based in VIC
Boring Chores Property Services is currently based in QLD
Select Lawn Mowing is actually based in NZ but started operating in Australia back in 2006
Kwik Kerb - Okay so this last one is not a mowing franchise, apparently is not a Franchise at all, rather you buy the machinery and equipment required to install their kerbing system, we just included it as it falls into the same 'outdoors lifestyle' business distinction.
In short, forking out on a lawn mowing franchise is not an easy choice, so make sure that you weigh your options delicately and seek out professional expertise and advice . Good luck with the process!