As young and energetic farmers and entrepreneurs, brothers Jeremy and Nathan Turner were looking for a business opportunity they could sink their teeth into.
Keen on combining their talents, they were eager to take on a 1,200 acre turf farm situated 13 kilometres from Childers in a picturesque little spot called Eureka.
“The business had been operating for 20 years but, with the owner wanting out, we could see the potential,” says Jeremy.
Jeremy says even for them with no prior experience growing turf grass, the brothers’ horticultural and mechanical backgrounds were a sensible fit.
Plus they had OBT’s support before officially becoming business owners, which was vital when doing the pre-purchase due diligence.
Satisfied that the research backed up their hunches, Jeremy and Nathan then took the plunge and opened Oasis Lawns in January.
“OBT are our accountants for our personal tax,” says Jeremy. “When it came to the new business, both we and they put a lot of thought into the planning.”
One of the first things OBT did was to set up Oasis Lawns with MYOB as their accounting system.
Together with OBT, MYOB allows Oasis Lawns to streamline the running of their new enterprise from a financial perspective and free up time to allow them to get on with the operational demands of their business.
Both Jeremy and Nathan work out of the office so have the convenience of being able to check their accounts at any given time.
“OBT made it so any of us can use it. After some initial training in OBT’s Gatton office, I really got my head around the whole thing.”
“We use MYOB for basically everything – reconciling accounts, sending out invoices, we run statements off it every month, we do profit and loss statements and can even review the performance of our three turf varieties, “ says Jeremy.
“OBT’s guidance has been invaluable in our business journey to date. We hold quarterly business meetings with them to review our financials, cash flow budget and our plan for the future.”
They haven’t looked back. Operating their own business only highlights the freedom and responsibility of doing a job well, so much so that Lawn Solutions Australia have accredited them as one of only 40 member growers Australia-wide.
“We’ve been telling everyone – people like us who are just getting started – about OBT because they make running a business so much less stressful.”
Read more about Oasis Lawns at http://oasislawns.com.au/
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