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Hi all, relatively new to the game. Bought a Jims (dont hold it against me lol) a few months back and couldnt be happier. Only regret is not doing it earlier. probably a familiar story but was in middle management in a manufacturing company for 26 years, got laid off and struggled to find my relevance in a shrinking manufacturing sector. 

Always loved the outdoors, gardening and tools etc and after bumping into an old friend who is a Jim I started investigating and here I am. Absolutely love it and have found it was such a natural fit for me. Not sure if there are many JIms on here but I am happy to answer any questions on Jims if people have any. I totally support independants in my area and we often pass jobs to each other and I admire their bravery for being independant, but it wasnt for me. I was just attracted to the JIms brand. Was kinda Jims or nothing.

Anyway, have a great weekend.....a wet one here in Melbourne!!


Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:47 AM

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Hi Colsy Welcome to the site. I am only new myself and thanks for the tips.

Bit different I think buying into a franchise and starting from scratch as I will be when I return home, working away at the moment.

I am on this site to find out how hard or easy it is to start up from scratch. Have had some good tips which makes this a good site.

 

My other post you mentioned $60 an hour but that would include GST and franchise fees if I'm not being too nosy.


Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:23 AM

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Yes mate, includes all costs. But dont get too hung up on an hourly rate. It helps to make a cashflow projection when starting your business but it is so variable and is a very rough guide. 


Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:55 PM

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Grass should be booming in vic after all the rain you are coping.


Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:51 PM

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Grass should be booming in vic after all the rain you are coping.

Sure is Lucky. Was starting to boom already and this weekends rain will secure that even more. Love a bit of rain me!


Posted 03 December 2017 - 08:20 AM

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Hi Colsy, I looked at jim's and liked what they offered I just couldn't swallow the monthly franchise fee.
Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:30 PM

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Hi Colsy, I looked at jim's and liked what they offered I just couldn't swallow the monthly franchise fee.

 Yeah I hear that and no one likes paying it.....but they get you heaps of work...................heaps!  And the name itself gets you the job as well. 


Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:23 PM

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How much is the monthly franchise fee? Im guessing you also have to wear their uniform (and pay for) to?

 

I heard VIP is like $600 a month down here. They seem to go through operator after operator.


Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:49 PM

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So what happens if a single operator named Jim wants to call his business .......?


Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:41 PM

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What are all these Jims doing spamming and spruiking on an indie forum, don't you have your own?

 

I don't blame you for wanting to come here, the average Jim has very little experience, I regularly see them walking backwards with the snipper, elbows pointed in uncomfortable angles, muffler right next to ear hole.

New franchisee training with your mob may need attention.

 

How do you pass the Jim training course?

Pay the money.

Is that the kind of welcome you get around here? I didn't realise this is exclusively for indie operators. And I am not doing any spruiking, guy asked me a question.


Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:54 PM

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''Welcome to Lawn Club. we're a new Australian lawn mowing business site for lawn mowing contractors and garden contractors who work within the australian lawn care, lawn mowing and gardening industries.''

No mention of exclusivity for anyone.  :)
 


Posted 08 December 2017 - 10:52 AM

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I think we should welcome & encourage participation from Jim's.

I learnt a fair bit from Jim's from a business perspective many years ago.

Not that I ever worked for or was a Jim's franchisee.

 

It only adds to the overall knowledge base, not that they'd give everything away Im sure.

 

Cheers Fred.


Posted 08 December 2017 - 07:44 PM

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I think we should welcome & encourage participation from Jim's.

I learnt a fair bit from Jim's from a business perspective many years ago.

Not that I ever worked for or was a Jim's franchisee.

 

It only adds to the overall knowledge base, not that they'd give everything away Im sure.

 

Cheers Fred.

Well said Fred.

 

I was with Jims myself for over 5 years from 2003-2009 and I can say their training and support was woeful at the time and I am in no way a fan of the franchise system.  But it has it's place and many work as part of it and are attracted to it.

 

Colsy is just a small business owner like us trying to do the best for himself and his clients and gain/ give some helpful insights.

 

I believe this forum is here to help everybody and I cannot stand this "them and us" divisional mentality.

 

It sums up everything thats wrong in this world, we are all here to help and learn.

 

I think we should welcome guys who are part of a franchise on here. It is insightful, especially for people who are thinking of starting up a business but are unsure of which way to go.


Posted 08 December 2017 - 09:08 PM

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Agree 100% Steve and Fred - it's how people behave on the forum that should determine whether they're welcome or not - play nicely.

 

Welcome Colsy


Posted 08 December 2017 - 09:24 PM

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Thanks all, I kind of understand the negativity towards Jims. Not sure what it is is, possibly the Aussie tall poppy thing, or the fear of commercialism and lack of independance etc. Not sure. All I know is I love this industry and I cooperate and collaborate with any lawn contractor in my area, be they Jims, Indie, VIP...I dont really care. There are a lot of misconceptions about Jims, I wont go into it. But happy for anyone to ask me sensible questions if they want to.

 

I also want to state that I am highly experienced, I know my stuff when it comes to lawn and gardening and have been involved in the industry for over 20 years. I work extremely hard for my customers and I earn a small fortune doing what I love. It is literally the best job in the world....IMHO.

 

Col

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 11:39 PM

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It only adds to the overall knowledge base, not that they'd give everything away Im sure.

 

Cheers Fred.

 

Actually they would, no secrets at Jims. Believe it or not.


Posted 08 December 2017 - 11:41 PM

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the old man had the grumpies yesterday, I have deleted most of his posts.

Welcome Colsy, he is actually mates with a couple of Jims.

 

My apologies to anyone he offended, i have no doubt he do it again

DJ


Posted 09 December 2017 - 04:02 PM

I am a worn out and grumpy old man


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G'day Colsy, i wont hold it against you. Shane'o
Posted 09 December 2017 - 04:17 PM

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All good and no offence taken Grae.

 

:)

 

I do believe I can add to this forum, especially in the area of quoting and pricing. The training and advice we received in our training on sales was a massive eye opener. I do see that SOME indie guys fail to place a strong value on themselves and their time. Of course some of the past, and possibly present Jims fail to do that as well.

 

A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to do their lawn, they have a present Jims guy doing front, back and nature strip for $35...................................."Um....no thanks..........I think you should keep your present guy"


Posted 10 December 2017 - 08:54 AM

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All good and no offence taken Grae.

 

:)

 

I do believe I can add to this forum, especially in the area of quoting and pricing. The training and advice we received in our training on sales was a massive eye opener. I do see that SOME indie guys fail to place a strong value on themselves and their time. Of course some of the past, and possibly present Jims fail to do that as well.

 

 

Be very interested in any tips on that Colsy - it's an issue for me


Posted 10 December 2017 - 12:34 PM




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