14 Year-Old Mower: Have A Look At My Poster?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Logan Graham, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. Logan Graham

    Logan Graham LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Hey Guys,

    I'm Logan. I'm 14 and I'm looking to make some extra cash this summer. Would you mind looking over the poster that I made to advertise my mowing/landscaping/yard work business? Is it effective? What should I change?

    This is my first post :) Hope lawn site works out!

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  2. youngmowin

    youngmowin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    looks good dude
    im 14 too
    what equipment do you have
     
  3. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 526

    I'm not trying to be a pessimist, but it is kind of late to be just starting advertising (I guess it is better than nothing though).

    "Wacking" needs to be removed, that is not professional terminology.

    IMO you shouldn't include your age in the ad, this will only work against you as the majority of people that will look at this will not want a young person that probably doesn't have insurance (I'm assuming this, correct me if I'm wrong), a license, experience, equipment, and so on working at their home. You might think your age can be a benefit, which at times is possible, but for this type of ad your age is only working against you.

    Another thing that HAS to be changed is instead of having email me at ......., put CALL ME at ...... because I can guarantee nobody is going to email you, that is too much of a hassle for the person, they just need a telephone #.

    Also, out of curiousity, how much $$$ do you expect to make from watering the yard and plants (Nobody is going to pay for this, and in the rare event they do it won't be worth your time).

    Don't take any of this the wrong way, I'm trying to provide some constructive criticism for you. Good luck...
     
  4. Logan Graham

    Logan Graham LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    That's the kind of stuff I'm looking for. Thanks for all the advice. I'll certainly use your suggestions, and re-do my flyer; but I won't see you guys until next week (I'm at a camp).

    I have a standard toro bagging lawn mower, a standard weed whacker (no, wait, "eater"), manpower, a rake, garden tools, gloves, an electric blower, and a hose head. Where I am, a lot of people go on vacation, and are constantly looking for people to water their plants.

    I'm still debating the age thing; because someone may call and find out that I'm a 14 year-old, and be disappointed.
     
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,847

    Hey kid. You may get criticized by some here, but not me. If you have some ambition you will go far.

    I will agree, mid-July will be tough to pick up some lawns to mow, but it still can be done (vacations, etc). If you have a money goal in mind for the summer, target that, then see how many lawns you need to pick up to meet that goal.

    I like your poster. Like the last guy said, trade 'wacking' for 'trimming''. And I will agree, you will probably get way more phone calls than e-mails, so focus on the phone.
    I think your flower/plant watering idea is neat. I know that when I go away from home for a few days in the summer, I worry about my outdoor flowers/plants getting burnt to a crisp in the sun because I am not there to water. If I knew of someone reliable like you to come and fill the watering gap, I would give you a call and not have a problem giving you some bucks. The type of people you are looking for here are not cheapskates, but people who really care about what they have planted outside.

    Best of luck kid!
     
  6. Logan Graham

    Logan Graham LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Thanks, I am going to go forward with it. My goal is $300 by the end of summer, but that may be unreachable, as I'm doing summer school (not because I failed). I'm a dedicated, smart, and mature worker, and I think that I will be able provide a great quality service. I don't mind being criticized. Any criticism helps.
     
  7. youngmowin

    youngmowin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    if i were you i would get a better blower than a electric and try a used ztr instead of a rider for productivity
     
  8. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 929

    His goal is to make $300 by end of summer. Slight overkill you think?
     
  9. youngmowin

    youngmowin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    true
    if his goal is 300 then he doesnt need quality stuff
    if he rely wants to make some money then go for it
     
  10. lyube

    lyube LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,598

    Skip the 14 year old part

    300$ is easy, you could make that in a week if you put your mind to it.

    Good luck kid! I started out small, doing what you are doing. Diversify.

    Bennito, 23
     

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