I've seen several young "kid" members on this site, as well as older teens and adults who started as a kid. I want to say I think its just amazing how many young guys are so motivated to work and make money. Sure many of you guys arent licensed and insured... you're just a kid pushing a mower around the neighborhood for money. Thats exactly how many of us start. At the age of 12 my father showed me how to use his 21" toro mower. Soon after I was handed a trimmer and learned how to use that. By the age of 14, I started cutting the lawn for the old lady across the street for 10 bucks. By the age of 16, I was booming with about 10 customers around the neighborhood. All the cool kids were hanging out, going to the mall and stuff, and I was pushing that mower around the neighborhood. A big part of my life was spent actually talking to these customers, learning about life, getting advice, and that has helped to put me where I am today. I'm only 19 guys... my whole life is ahead of me. I look back at the "cool kids" now, and they're workin at pizza joints and bagging groceries and stuff. I've had these guys actually come to me and say they wished they followed similar steps as I did, and I've been a real roll model to them. Last season I was old enough to start the "real business" and go out there and expand myself. I got the trailer, got the commercial mowers, and I worked at it. In this business, if you do things right, there comes opportunity and growth. I wanted to post this because some of you guys seem to bash the young ones, when we should be encouraging them to work hard at this. I know many of you wish you started at a younger age. Many of you guys quit the 9-5 job to start in this business. Young guys and new guys... you might be a "scrub", but its about money and satisfaction. Am I right? If not, point me in the right direction here guys. Feel free to throw me some stories on how you started also.