Hey everyone my name is James Nankervis and I am a 15 year old entrepreneur. I run a company called JWN Lawn Care & Landscaping and serve Burwood and surrounding suburbs in Melbourne. I have now been operating for a year and have built up around 20 regular clients who I service either every 2, 3 or 4 weeks. I have been looking through a few forum posts on here and in particular the "how to gain more clients" one and it says avoid neighbours and family at all costs. I for one actually started my business only because a neighbour asked me to mow the lawn at his rental house (which luckily for him was just across the road from ours because he lives next to us and has just finished building his new house there) because he didn't have the time to do it (he is an ex-contractor so he has done most of the work on his new house himself). Jim's 3 -- James 1. After I had been mowing his lawn for a while one of the other neighbours came across and asked if I would mow their lawn too. I said sure and so she dropped the franchise contractor and I started doing her lawn. Jim's 2 -- James 2. Eventually another neighbour across from them came over and asked if I could mow her house too and I said yes so she dropped the same contractor that used to mow the other house as well and hired me. Jim's 1 -- James 3. Now that's not to say that the other bloke was no good, in fact he is very experienced and does a fantastic job I think. I have even managed to speak to him a couple of times and he is a very nice man. I have very good relationships with all the neighbours that I work for, and I also mow my grandparent's lawn on the odd occasion. I survey all my customers every 6 months to ensure that they are satisfied with my work.
I am running my business mainly because I love what I do but also to pay for flying lessons as I am aspiring to be the Qantas A380 fleet captain when I am older ;D
I run a Honda HRU216M1, Stihl FS94R and BG56, Gardenline multi-tool and a ton of other equipment for my main tools. Looking forward to learning more about this fantastic industry!