Starting a Lawn Mowing Business: Legal Requirements

If the idea of working outside in the sunshine, running your own business, and being your boss appeals, you might be thinking of starting a lawn mowing business.

I mean, how hard can it be to get started…? You just buy a lawn mower, whipper snipper, leaf blower, and some handy garden tools and go out and snag your customers, right?

When you start any business in Australia, you need to be aware of important legal requirements so your lawn mowing business doesn’t violate the law and attracts harsh government penalties.

But don’t let these government requirements scare you off. There are plenty of government resources out there to help you, one of the most user-friendly sites being Business Victoria.

Business Victoria

If you live in Victoria, the state government’s Business Victoria website is for you. They put together a checklist for starting a business, an outline of common costs, writing a business plan, details about how to register a business name, information about licenses and registrations, a guide for protecting your business name or idea, a checklist for buying a franchise – in case you’re thinking of buying a lawn mowing franchise (such as Jims Mowing, Express Lawn Mowing, VIP Home Services or one of the many other options), and much more. Business Victoria has also put together some very useful infographics like the one below: I want to start a business – How do I do it?

Starting a lawn mowing business – Infographic.

Business and Industry Portal, Queensland

If you live in Queensland, your go-to government resource is the Business and Industry Portal. It doesn’t have any clever infographics, but it does have all the legal and business information you need if you’re starting a lawn mowing business.

Some of their topics include:

Are you ready to start a business?

Evaluating your business idea

Turning your idea into a business

Your 7-step start-up guide

Business rights and responsibilities

Tax for business

Codes of practice

Funding your business

Business record-keeping

Managing risk when starting up

Business legal structures

Market and customer research

Buying a franchise

And lots more

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