December 12, 2018 Service

SEAN WALKER.
Hunter Lawn Maintenance.

Guest post from Anthony Rumble at Konekt Employment.

Sean Walker and his team at Hunter Lawn Maintenance Services offer a comprehensive range of lawn care services including mowing, edging, pruning and basic shaping. No matter how overgrown your yard is, they’ll get it better than new in no time. If you have a business with grass to maintain, Hunter Lawn and Maintenance Services can also take care of the physical face of your business – providing you with an extremely professional result for less than the cost of big franchise mowing companies.

This dream has recently become a reality for 45-year-old autistic man Sean but it has not been an easy path and won’t be the end of the road as far as dreams go. Reading the posts Sean shares on Facebook about his autism, it is apparent he hasn’t had an easy life. Sean slipped through the cracks and wasn’t diagnosed as autistic until he was 41. He still struggles in many areas but he doesn’t let that stop him.

Although he has had his struggles, Sean has an easy and relaxed demeanour with a cheeky smile and sense of humour to match. “Life has never been better for me. I am married to a great woman. I have great kids, a great house and business that I love to work in. What more could a man want?” Sean said.

“I’m excited about looking after businesses in the Hunter the way I have looked after households in the Hunter, and businesses on the Central Coast before that. I’m good at what I do and I’ve also had a lot of help with starting the new business from my wife, the NDIS, the NEIS program, and Hunter Futurepreneurs.”

Sean does not qualify for a Disability Support Pension based on his and his wife’s combined income. However, he can still get some support for his condition through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which Sean believes has been invaluable. Sean is also a registered provider with the NDIS and helps other people with a disability live better lives.

According to Sean, Konekt Employment NEIS was instrumental in helping him to start his own business. This included guiding him through putting together a business plan, costing, analysis, business requirements, industry standards, workplace health and safety, insurance, marketing, advertising, market research, pricing, forecasting, risk management, financial planning and more.

Sean said that being autistic was a positive attribute in running a small business. “I can’t help picking up every little detail and making sure edges are perfectly straight. No grass is out of place, paths are spotless and I do genuinely care that the lawn looks as good a humanly possible. I have had my difficulties and still do but there are many people like Franklin Delano Roosevelt who have done good things even though they faced adversity. And look what Einstein and Bill Gates did being on the autism spectrum – I only have to do a great job mowing lawns.”

Sean believes his unique selling points include performing an excellent job, top-of-the-range equipment, costing less than the big franchise mowing companies, 14 years experience, that the owner of the business (himself) is on site for every job and that he is professional, reliable and trustworthy.

Sean says he would love to hire and train other people with autism one day to mow lawns as well as he does and set up a charity to teach professionals about autism with advice from adult autistics like himself.

Do you have a great idea for a new business? Take the first step to self-employment with free NEIS training. Use the postcode search tool to locate your nearest NEIS provider for a chat. 

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This story was provided by Konekt Employment, whose mission is to empower more Australians to realise their full potential in their work and communities, through exceptional services, relationships, and innovation. Konekt Employment deliver the NEIS program all around Australia.

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