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Teenagers in the business...

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by lawnranger44, Jun 5, 2003.

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  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Strawbridge, there is one more, me haha....

    I'm 16 (got my permit now, license to come in one month) with 8 weekly customers that take me 8 hrs (with no breaks!) a week to do them all, ranging from 5k sq.ft. to 1 acre. Here's my equipment:

    6.5x12 open trailer- actually my parents but they kind of bought it for me as they would not own one if not for me.

    1992 52" Scag hydro drive walk behind with 14hp kawasaki, 2 wheel sulky, homemade mulch baffles kit.

    1989 32" Toro rear engine rider that I made into a walk behind, but I never use it (occasionally for tall and real wet yards that it does better than the Scag).

    1984 Toro 21" 3 speed with mid 90's Lawn Boy engine that I put on it.

    2002 Stihl FS80 trimmer
    1996 Stihl FS36 curved shaft trimmer (freebie)
    1996 Stihl 009 chainsaw (freebie)

    2000 Echo SRM2400 split boom with trimmer, edger and hedge trimmer
    2000 Echo HCR1500 hedge trimmer

    1999 Kawasaki KRB400A backpack blower

    gas cans and all that stuff.

    And I'm in the process of buying my first vehicle! A 1990 Ford F250 with a 351 V8 and 5 speed manual transmission. I have been using my parent's 1 ton Ford van. My mom has been going with me and will until I get my license.

    Anyone younger that wants to email me or instant message please do, my email is eric@cuttingedgelawncare.biz

  2. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    As for the social life issue, i always try to keep friday night open for the guys, saturday night for the woman, and never work on Sundays. I believe you should not sacrifice time with friends/family to work (especiallly being my age). Now please see that this doesn't mean we don't work till dark on every weekday and at least 6 hours on Saturday. Moderation is key :cool:
  3. WPLE

    WPLE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I am gone two weekends a month fishing in bass tournaments. All my friends are either married or almost married so we do not hang out much anymore. My "woman" goes to work with me. Unless it is going to be to hot. She sometimes sprays a little roundup or runs the blower but most of the time she sits in the truck and does homework.(pre-pharmacy, lots of homework)

    I am used to not having any free time to do anything thats why i fish tournaments. If I pay money then I have to go, can't work.
  4. Craig Jones

    Craig Jones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    My son started cutting grass when he was 15 and he is now 21. He works with his brother who is 15. Since they were and are homeschooled, they were able to cut after 1:00 -2:00 each day. They do take off Sundays.

    They started with a 21" Toro Proline and have since picked up a 36 " Toro and a 52" Toro. They do about 45 lawns either weekly or bi weekly.

    Last year they bought a Ford F-150 and Landscape trailer and numerous other pieces of equipment.

    They found their production took off when they first bought the 36" Toro. Much better than trying to make do with a 21".

    They at times find it hard to balance social life, family time and work obligations.
  5. TaussigLawnCare

    TaussigLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    I am 18 now and I have over one hundred lawns that I mow every week I own 3 trucks and often run two crews hmm I have lots of comercial equipment 4 walkbehinds and now I am about to sell its all. I was homeschooled also so I could work all the time and school at night.
  6. turkp15

    turkp15 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    im 17 going to 18 in aug. A friend and I got started may 28 of this year. we currently have 25 accounts we cut weekly. We cut our lawns w/ a exmark 52" w/b, have 1 toro 22' push, echo split shaft trimmer,edger,weed eater, and a echo 44cc blower we haul it with a 90' ford f-150 v8 w/ a 6'/12' trailer.
  7. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    I get about 27 -28 lawns done some days and less on the days we do the commercials.

    80 % of the properties are close enough that we do 2-6 in one stop. travel time is minimal. my productuvity has gone up 30% with the Z.

    lawns range from 3K to 15K of turf.

  8. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,904

    Im 19 and running my own company since I was 14. Graduated high school when I was 16 so I didnt have to worry about managing accounts after school. Now doing a hair over 50 accounts some being over 5 acres with 3 employees. Keep your head in the books read alot about running a company and stay on track. Your allready heading in the right direction.
  9. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    I'm currently 16 and have 14 accounts one for each day of the week and one set is one week on one week off. I do full service lawn care. I mainly work in my neighborhood. I trim bushes mow fertilize, etc. I work at a Garden Center during the day til 7:00 then by then it has cooled down and I go do a account. Sometimes I have to do more than one but I'm very well organized in billing(use microsoft access to bill etc) and getting the job done. I have also done some small landscaping, nothing big but a few have asked me to mulch, put up a fieldstone wall retaining wall plant some shrubs, do some designing and give suggestions. So thats my life heh
  10. Krois Landscaping

    Krois Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I'm 18 and only cut 5-7 lawns. I started cutting my neighbors yard when i was 8, so i've been cutting lawns for 10 years now. I started off using my dad's 21" push mower and then used my grandpa's 21" craftsman after he passed away :( . I then upgraded to a 21" toro mulcher (hated it) and then to a 21" snapper 6.5 hp self propelled. That mower is great.

    About 4 years ago i got a 4x9 trailer and a used exmark 48" to do the lawns. Since i got my liscense, i've had a dump truck and have 1995 F250 pickup truck and a 1988 Toyota pickup w/ a flatbed on it. I currently have a 36" encore walk behind, the snapper 21" , an echo srm2100 trimmer, stihl br400 backpack blower and a giant vac 8hp push blower.

    I only do lawns one day a week and do some dump runs and small landscaping projects for customers. I also work at a gas station weekdays 3-7pm and i've start to work for an excavating contractor mornings.

    This will be my last year cutting lawns for people. I realized it's something i would not like to do for a living and have interests in other lines of work.

    Mowing lawns is a good way to start out though, so hats off to all the other teenagers in the business :waving:
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