If you are a teenager who wants to start their own lawn mowing businessyou can get by with a lawnmower, a rake, and an edger or weed-wacker, and chances are that you already have all of that equipment sitting in your parents' garage. Since you have the tools already, there is only one question left to ask yourself: "Do I have access to a truck? If you do have access to a truck, you can scour your city far and wide, mowing lawns from one tip of town to the other.
When you think back to the long, lazy summers of your youth, chances are some time was spent trudging along behind a lawn mower, pushing with all your might and sweating profusely, just so you could make a few bucks to buy some baseball cards or a really cool bike. You may have occasionally mowed down a few pansies or zebra-striped a lawn, but you sure were proud when the homeowner came to the door, surveyed your handiwork, and forked over the agreed-upon fee. Mowing lawns or landscaping residential or commercial properties for a living will give you that same sense of pride-while earning you some pretty serious cash.
Mowing lawns can help kids earn money during the spring and summer months. Some families are too busy to care for their own lawns. Others would rather spend that time with family or pursuing a hobby.
Lawn mowing is big business. In some neighborhoods, the competition is fierce. Landscaping companies with huge mowing machines can mow multiple lawns in a single day for a reasonable fee. But that doesn't mean an enterprising teen can't do well as an independent lawn mower with the right motivation, marketing plan, and equipment.
In Chesapeake, Virginia, a gift for two local teenagers came from an unexpected place: Four inmates at the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Virginia. According to an article by WTKR News, LeMar Anderson and three other inmates decided to save up and donate lawn mowers, gas tanks, branded t-shirts, and businesses cards to the teens to help them start their own lawn care businesses. Anderson says these lawnmowers are more than just a gift.
Show less Practically any able-bodied person can earn money by moving lawns. But lawn care is actually an extremely competitive business.
What do you do? For many homeowners, understanding the liability they have is key to making this decision. The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP estimates that about 17, children require emergency room care each year because of lawn mower accidents—so knowing your responsibilities is increasingly important.
David Eilers rakes in the green by mowing it. Six years and a riding mower later, the shy teen-ager with a bent for the mechanical has two adult employees. David has been recognized by a local business group as Youth Entrepreneur of the Year.
Three years ago, Billy Walker realized he wanted money to spend as he pleased and decided to earn it. So Billy, then 11, created fliers offering mowing services and passed them out in his Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The response was pretty good, he says.
Mowing lawns isn't just a job for teenagers looking to earn income. A lawn-mowing business can also be a profitable venture for adults seeking a full-time or part-time business. The budding lawn-care entrepreneur can get his business started on the right foot and avoid some common pitfalls by following a few simple business tips. To be successful in the lawn-mowing business, you'll need the proper equipment.