In Australia, lawn mowers are practically the national lifestyle-symbol. The country has one of the highest number of private homes per capita in the world. Therefore, it is not surprising that lawn care franchises are very successful businesses. In fact, even independent operators are able to meet the day's end. If you have $20K-$40K to invest then you could try the lawn care franchise. Even the top franchises in the field are within reasonable budgets.
There are number of reputable operators which offer quality lawn care franchises.
Jim Mowing, VIP Lawn & Garden Care and James Lawn Mowing are probably the forerunners among the best.
The lawn care franchise is not excessively expensive.
However, not everybody can afford to risk $20K-$40K. To purchase top franchises, it is not completely silly to borrow the money from the bank (in the case, you do not have it). Statistically, lawn care franchisees are more than capable to earn the initial franchise fees within the first 18 months.
The independent business will certainly cost less. However, in the lawn mowing business you will not save a lot of money by running solo operations. Most lawn care franchises include the cost of equipment within the price of the investment fee. On average, you can safe about 30% by running your own operations (provided you use a full scale advertising). However, if your lawn care business is well known then you do not have to invest a lot of money for the business exposure. In this case, your savings can be 60% or more when compared with the cost of the franchise.
Most lawn care franchises are evaluated according to the location and the equipment. You need about $20K-$50K for Jim Mowing franchise. The VIP Lawn & Garden Care sells for $15K-$45K. The prices for James Lawn Mowing range between $10K-$30K.