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Gardening and Lawn Mowing
What is involved in running a gardening or lawn mowing business?
Starting up and running a garden and lawn care business is a popular option for many people who want to work for themselves. Although it can require a lot of hard work, there are many opportunities available and the costs to start and run the business are relatively low.
The typical tasks you will be doing when working in a lawn mowing or gardening business include;
- brush cutting
- fertilising lawns and gardens
- weed control and removal
- sweeping and blowing pathways
- raking, pruning and planting
- watering lawns and gardens
- re-potting plants,
- clearing rubbish
- hedge trimming.
You will also need to carry out general business administration tasks such as generating invoices, managing inventory and equipment and submitting your tax reporting documentation.
Will I need any special qualifications or skills?
You do not need any specific qualifications to operate a garden and lawn care business. However, you may benefit from completing a general qualification that will help you learn how to run a business, such as the Certificate III in Micro Business Operations. Many of the skills you will need will be developed on the job, so it might also help to work for someone else in this industry prior to starting up your own venture.
Are there any licences or permits that apply to this type of business?
Before starting a gardening or lawn care business, you need to check the relevant business licensing authority in your state and see if you are required to obtain any permits and/or licences prior to setting up your business.
The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) is a free online service that will help you find the right local, state and Australian government licences, permits, registrations and other support services that you need to operate a business.
What type of equipment will I need?
Most lawn mowers and gardeners operate as fully mobile businesses, so you will probably just need a home office and a suitable vehicle to get started. Start up businesses will often utilise their own home equipment and then purchase professional gear when the business gets going.
Depending on the type of services that you plan to provide, some of the required equipment includes;
- lawnmower and edger
- hedge trimmer
- weed control sprayer and chemicals
- hose and accessories
- personal protection equipment (gloves, boots, glasses, etc).
Do I need insurance?
When operating a gardening or lawn mowing business, you will be travelling to different locations and working on other people s properties. It is important to ensure you have the right insurance protection in place to cover you for accidents, damages or injuries that occur on the job. You will want to cover your business for any claims made against it, as well as have cover in place for you, your equipment and your vehicle. It is best to talk to a leading business insurance provider about your needs and how to protect your business.
What about employing people in the business?
If you plan on employing staff for your business, you will need to be aware and up to date on issues such as:
- Pay rates and allowances
- Annual leave calculations
- National employment standards
- Industrial relations news
For more information about employing people, visit Fair Work Ombudsman .
Where can I go for further help and assistance?
Below are some links to help you research and plan the startup and operational requirements of running a lawn mowing and gardening business:
You can talk to your local small business advisor for more in depth help with setting up your garden and lawn care business. You can also contact the Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275 for more information.