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JIM'S TREES & STUMP REMOVAL
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Jim’s Trees & Stump Removal franchisee recovers investment in months
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Call Jim's Trees if you want to give your job the chop and branch out as your own boss
So money doesn’t grow on trees? Don’t say that to Shaun Austin, marine diesel engineer turned Jim’s Trees & Stump Removal franchisee. Just seven months into his business, Shaun has already recovered the $12,500 +gst franchise fee as well as a $12,000 capital investment in equipment. From day one he employed an on-staff arborist and a ‘groundie’ assistant, ‘and I paid myself a decent wage, too,’ he grins.
‘Jim’s offers a “Pay-to-Work Guarantee” which pays a new franchisee up to $1500 per week for 8 weeks for time put into customer prospecting, but I never even considered having to call on it. The business has just been pumping from the very start and although I’m continuing to invest in the best staff and best equipment, my business plan shows me staying very much in the black.’
After 35 years working in confined spaces, Shaun now gets plenty of fresh air plus the bonus of much more family time. ‘I’d been thinking it was time to exit the marine industry and be my own boss, but things only happened when I chanced upon a friend, Brendon Jones, in a shiny new ute emblazoned with “Jim’s Tree & Stump Removal”. He explained how in 2014 he’d left a corporate career in IT to be Jim’s Trees Auckland regional franchisor and hadn’t looked back since.
‘He told me about the high calibre of training and the proven business systems that Jim’s, the world’s largest home services franchise, provides. He also told me that he had 13 new ten-thousand-home territories between Pukekohe and Wellsford needing franchisees for customers that were lining up. It didn’t take me long to put my hand up, and after seven months I know he wasn’t exaggerating – in fact, the more work we do, the more enquiries we get.’
Needing to sell a house in the UK to release capital for his new business, Shaun was employed by Brendon for several months which brought home to him that a Jim’s Trees franchisee has plenty of income streams, many of them recurring: tree removals, tree pruning, hedge trimming, stump grinding, chipping services and palm tree cleaning. ‘It means some hard graft on the ground but you also spend time prospecting for business, project manage and handle customer relationships. There’s a lot of variety – and a lot of business,’ Shaun says happily.
Brendon wants to hear from anyone with the skills to manage a professional service business in a growing market. ‘If you want to give your job the chop and branch out as your own boss, give me a call today. Customers are waiting!’
This advertorial is taken from Franchise New Zealand magazine Year 25 Issue 3
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