How to Become a Teen Lawn Mower

What Does a Teen Lawn Mower do? 

You will be outside for a significant amount of time. You can expect to transport a lawnmower, or use the lawnmower of a client, to mow and keep lawns tidy. You may need to clean up twigs or other debris from the lawn before mowing, ready any necessary tools, mow the lawn to a specific length set by the owner, or mow the lawn at a pre-determined frequency. You will spend a lot of time outdoors, so having a skin tone that tans instead of burns or taking precautions to prevents sunburns will be very helpful.  Being healthy and physically active will heavily benefit you as well in this position as lawnmowing frequently stands as a physically exerting job.

How Much Does a Teen Lawn Mower Get Paid? 

Your pay can vary depending on the area in which they live, and even the specific lawn in question. You could charge by the hour, taking in anywhere between $5 and $15 per hour. Or you could charge by the lawn, earning as low as $5 for a small, easy lawn or as high as $100 for a large, complex yard. In this case, the size of the yard is the biggest indicator of price. But the intricacies of the lawn can also impact the cost heavily, including if cleanup is involved, the lawn’s height, the amount of flower beds or other obstacles, etc.

How Can I Get Started as a Teen Lawn Mower?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen lawn mower.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety when you try to find clients and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.  
  2. You will first need to determine if you are going to use your own tools or the clients. If you are going to use your own tools, you will need to acquire a lawnmower, bag, and any other tools they may need. If you don’t have access to a lawnmower you can borrow, buying used tools will save you money in your start-up cost but will give you less time overall with those tools. New tools however can cost more, a brand new, gas powered push mower can cost between $125 and $1800 at common big box stores.
  3. Once you have your tools, you need to start marketing yourself. Word-of-mouth and posters around town are the easiest ways in which to do this. If you’re making enough money with this job after a while, you could up your marketing with radio or public access commercials. Getting word out about your availability, proposed charge, and capabilities is detrimental to you getting any business for yourself.
  4. Once word has gotten out about your business, you need to be careful of how much business you’re taking on. Be careful not to take on too many lawns in too short of a time period, promising to complete work and then being unable to do it will give your business a bad reputation from the beginning.
  5. You might also take on too much work for your physical ability. Finding that you aren’t physically capable of completing all of the lawns booked can make your business look bad and make you look too weak for the work, preventing future jobs.

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REQUIRED RESOURCES

  • Amazon.com:  This is where you can find a great lawnmower before you begin.  If your parents already have one, ask if you can use theirs until you can afford your own.
  • Craigslist.org:  A site where you can search for local, used lawnmowers for sale. You can also advertise your business for free on this website by making a post explaining what tasks you will complete and your cost.