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From 20k to $400k: How Moh went from Uber driver to business owner

After arriving in Australia, Moh struggled with the high cost of living.

A cokosite image of migrant worker Moh Ghazala and Australian money.
Migrant worker Moh Ghazala has built up a successful $400,000 business in Australia. (Source: Getty / Provided)

Moh Ghazala arrived in Australia from Egypt in 2016, but after studying his masters in IT he was struggling to keep up with the high cost of living.

Like many visa holders, Ghazala started driving Uber to generate some income while he was living and studying.

"I worked long hours - on average, six days a week, over 60 hours a week. After all the expenses - petrol, insurance, running costs, GST and more - you are not left with a lot of money in your pocket to survive,” Ghazala said.

“If you are lucky, you might reach between $20,000 and $30,000 a year. It was very depressing.”

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Ghazala said he wanted to succeed in Australia and was willing to work hard to make a go of it.

"I reached out to the Jim's Group and spoke to them about setting up my own franchise as a Jim's Mowing franchise. It is one of the best things I have ever done,” he said.

"I started my own Jim's Mowing franchise last year, in March 2022. They provided training and really helped me. In my first month, I earned over $28,000 in income. This year, I think I will reach close to $400,000 in income.”

Ghazala said he was so busy now that he had to bring on three extra employees to keep up with his growing business.

"I am getting leads from the Jim's Group and people are also approaching me directly because customers refer other people to me and they see my trailer with the branding on it driving around the suburb,” he said.

"I am loving it. It is great to be part of such a wonderful team and I love being my own boss. I want to do the best job possible to make people happy and be my best."

Ghazala is full of energy and passion for his job as a green tradie. He relishes getting to know his customers and helping them to transform their yards into places where they can enjoy their home and family and friends.

Founder of the Jim's Group Jim Penman said Ghazala was an outstanding franchisee, which had been proven by his happy customers.

"Moh not only earns an outstanding income, but has a perfect customer survey rating, with 154 five-star surveys and not a single complaint," Penman said.

"He's always looking for ways to do better, to improve his income and delight his customers. To this end, he attends meetings regularly and talks often with his franchisor and other franchisees.”

Penman said he wasn’t surprised by Ghazala’s success, and that it was not just a single success story.

"We have had some recently turning over $300,000 in their first year, and many times that in later years. The limit is not usually finding work - given that last year we knocked back more than 280,000 customers. It is ambition, and the ability to find and keep good workers,” Penman said.

Penman said the average franchisee turned over around $2,900 per week, amounting to a net income of just over $100,000 per annum.

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