Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Lawn & Garden Business

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Lawn & Garden Care Business

Do you love being outdoors? The smell of freshly cut grass? The satisfaction of seeing a well-maintained lawn and garden? If so, then starting a lawn mowing and garden business may just be for you.

Have you often thought about turning your hard work and passion for gardening into a full-time business but are not sure where to get started.

Over the past 25 years, we’ve worked with many individuals starting up their own businesses, and we’re frequently asked the same question:

“Why should I  start my own lawn mowing and garden business?

There are so many reasons, and everyone has different things that are important to them, but fundamentally it comes down to flexibility, being in control and a sense of pride. And let’s not forget spending your days outdoors enjoying the fresh air – no more being cooped up in an office or factory doing someone else’s work for them.

Operating your own lawn mowing and garden maintenance business has many advantages. We’ve listed the top 5 reasons why people start their own lawn and garden business.

But above all, the main feedback we get most is:

“I’m now doing something I truly love

Let’s look at the top 5 reasons we’ve seen over the last 25 years.

Investing in a Repeat bases Business That’s Stable and Secure

A top reason we’ve found why people want to start their own lawn mowing and garden care business is that they want to be in an industry that is in demand and will continue to grow. They want the security of knowing their business has longevity.

Lawns and gardens never stop growing, so the need to maintain them will never cease. As such, a lawn mowing and garden maintenance business is perpetual, meaning the work is ongoing and consistent and it’s easy to schedule routine maintenance for your customers.

It’s also a business that will have ongoing growth and demand. As more residential developments are built, there is only an ever-increasing need to maintain lawns and gardens. The push to create more “green spaces” will only see the need for lawn mowing and garden maintenance services increase.

James’ Home Services has helped many people set up their own business in this space, and because of the stability of the industry there is also the opportunity to scale up quickly. First you can start off by offering lawn mowing and then build up other services such as landscaping, gardening, tree trimming or weeding; the list is endless, and it’s only limited by how much you want to grow, learn and expand your skills.

People are time poor

People, in general, are also “time poor” these days. There is a continuing trend to outsource domestic chores such as lawn mowing and gardening, opening up massive opportunities for new businesses and franchises who want to operate in this market.


In previous generations, it might have seemed a bit excessive to have someone come in and mow your lawn or tidy the garden, but nowadays it’s well accepted, especially with dual income families or affluent baby boomers who would rather spend their time doing other things. And it doesn’t stop there: as well as domestic services, there are nursing homes, holiday lettings, schools – the list goes on.

As a result, demand for ground maintenance services is expected to increase significantly in the next 5 to 10 years.

Increase Your Income and Improve Your Finanical Position

Exactly how much can you earn? Well, the sky’s the limit. Mowing lawns and landscaping for a living will not only give you a sense of pride and accomplishment, but you can earn some pretty serious cash too.

Over the last 25 years of running James’ Home Services, we’ve found that one of the biggest reasons why people want to start their own lawn mowing and garden business is to improve their weekly pay.

They are burnt out turning up to a job every day, where regardless of how hard they work there is only so much they can earn. They can only earn what their boss is willing to pay them, and they often feel limited for opportunities and know they have more to offer if only they were in the right environment.

Their employer, on the other hand, will earn a handsome profit from their work too – money that they can’t get their hands on as an employee, no matter how hard they work.

Does it sound like you? Is your income controlled by your employer?

By working for yourself, you get to be in charge and, to an extent, you can dictate your income. You can set your prices, manage your own schedule and pick which jobs you want to take on. How much you earn is down to how much you’re willing to work. And as the owner, you get to keep all the money, including that profit your old boss used to keep.

You can increase your income further by growing your lawn and garden business by employing other people to work for you. Then you can start to earn money from your team as well. We have plenty of franchisees who’ve built a team of lawnmowers and garden maintenance teams. Because of the nature of the work, building a team can be done quickly and there is no expensive training or equipment for you as the business owner.

You can grow your lawn mowing and garden maintenance business to the size you want and choose your income. Your efforts, energy and passion for your work will directly relate to how much money you earn.

Save on Tax

Not only that, but having your own business can help you save money on tax and increase your income even further, including the ability to have the business pay for your travel, phones, internet, home office costs or car repayments.

So, having your own lawn mowing and garden maintenance business can dramatically increase your income and improve your financial position. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll have to work hard to make it work, but you will be rewarded for your efforts.

With the right guidance and support, you can develop a lawn mowing and garden maintenance business that will give you the income you’ve dreamed of and enhance the life of you and your family.

Your’re in Charge and Can Take Control and Improve Your Future

At James’ Home Services we always hear the same thing from people looking to start their own lawn mowing and garden business:

‘I’m sick of working for someone else who doesn’t seem to know what they’re doing.’

Often, they’ve been laid off a few times, or the work is inconsistent, and they then have to go and find another job. In the end, they get sick of working for others and decide to take control of their future and start their own lawn mowing and garden business.

When you turn up to work every day, do you have these thoughts?

  • I wish I could be the boss and run things the way I want to run them
  • I have all these great idea’s, but no one is listening
  • I’m not appreciated for the hard work you put in

Having your own business puts you in the driver’s seat; you can manage your hours and find the work/life balance that suits you. You can maintain your own schedule, so if you have hobbies or family then you can work around your other commitments all without having to call the boss.

Control your Schedule

You get complete control over your hours and when you work, and best of all the time and effort you put into working goes directly towards building up your OWN business, not someone else’s.

You can decide what your goals and vision for the business are. Would you like to develop a customer base only for yourself or do you have huge plans to build up a landscaping business with multiple employees and lots of clients? The best thing is your destiny is in your hands and you can make your business whatever you want it to be, for however, it will suit you.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of achievement and satisfaction from knowing you set out to do something and all your effort and hard work has paid off.

Creates Job Sercurity for You and Your Family for the Future

If you’ve ever gone through periods of inconsistent work or been laid off, you’ll know that sinking feeling. There is nothing worse than the constant feeling that when you turn up to work each day you’re not sure how secure your job is.

Being employed by someone means your fate is in their hands, and if they decide to make any changes to the business or don’t have enough work to keep you on, then you might find yourself without a job.

Having your own business means you’re not dependant on anyone except you for your income.  Your job is as secure as your business. You don’t have to worry about someone else deciding to let you go.

Security for your family

Building your own business also provides security for your family. If you’re working in your own business you have a sense of ease knowing you are in control, that both you and your partner have secure jobs and that in the future you can employ your children or other family members. Or you might even have ambitions of building up a business you can pass onto them.

It  Gives You a Sense of Pride and Accomplishment in What You’ve Created

Has anyone ever told you couldn’t do it, or that running your own business is too hard? What they aren’t telling you is that there is nothing quite like the sense of achievement from building and managing your own business. The sense of accomplishment from knowing you set yourself a target and you’ve built a business to where you want it to be is second to none.

Running a lawn mowing and garden maintenance business is no longer a hobby. Many people have created legitimate, profitable and successful businesses by working hard and being committed.

You’ll have something which you are recognised for and see all that determination and hard work pay off. There are numerous skills from running your own lawn mowing and garden business that will help you in other facets of your life, such as expert knowledge, risk-taking and confidence to lead, just to name a few.

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Without getting get too carried away, this is your opportunity to carve out your little piece of the world, make a change that you’re proud of and do some good that ultimately goes to helping other people. Who doesn’t like making an immediate difference to someone’s lawn (…and maybe life)?

Imagine being able to say, “I did that. I’m an expert in the lawn mowing and garden industry.” Being able to demonstrate that hard work and commitment can produce a great outcome. People respond positively to others who have the courage to run a successful business. Imagine one day being an industry leader or expert who people go to for advice – that could be you!

Ready to Get Started?

James’ Home Services is a network of home service franchisees. We’ve been in the cleaning industry for over 25 years and have a team of hundreds of successful cleaning franchisees all over Australia.

If you’d like to find out more about starting your own Lawn and Garden Care business with James’ Home Services, then either:

  • Click here to find out what support you get as a James’ Home Services franchisee  
  • Click here or call 1800 152 637 to book a free discovery session with one of our experienced regional franchisor 

Or alternatively, if you’d like to learn about starting your own Lawn and Garden Care business, then Click here to download our free guide called: The 7 Mistakes People Make When Starting a Lawn and Garden Care Business.


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