Back in 2013 I was looking
for a way to make some money for the occasional gas station slushie or WWE
action figure. So, my dad got me into lawn mowing. I started with the
neighbor's lawn, mowing every week for a year. Then I mowed my other neighbor’s
lawn and saved all the money I made that year. I enjoyed the business at the
time and decided to expand. So at the end of that year I bought a 1996 White by
MTD LT-165 with a 46 inch deck. Then I bought a little garden trailer to pull
around the push mower and a string trimmer. With the new equipment I went from
two lawns to 10 in just one month. The next year, I bought a second rider, a
1997 White by MTD LT-145 with a 42 inch deck. From there, we expanded our
business to service 15 lawns. With the addition of the second rider, I hired my
little brother, Jackson (who wanted money to buy new shoes), to come along and
make money with me. After that year we decided we had tapped the neighborhood
market and needed to expand outside our neighborhood.
In early 2017 I bought a trailer to haul around our lawn equipment and serve
our growing customer base. We steadily grew from 15 to 50 clients, with some
commercial contracts as well. This massive expansion allowed me to buy a car
and maintain our work truck, mowers and trailer.
In 2018 we bought all new equipment to replace the old, worn down tractors.
These new tractors help us serve our customers at a quicker pace since the new
riders have larger decks (54" and 46") and bagger systems. With the
money made from the business, I am able to have a job while focusing on school
(since there is minimal overlap between the two).
If it wasn't for the
excellent students and staff at both Thurgood Marshall School and Auburn High School for continuing to push and encourage my business, it might not be at the
level it is today. My best buddies in the Gifted Academy are also my biggest supporters.
Joshua Harper, Drake Vaughan and Evan Walling constantly ask about my business
and allow me to bounce ideas off of them, like my recent fertilizing campaign.
Zeke Stockton is another large supporter. He always gives constructive
criticism about my ideas. Preston Sims is also fantastic. He encourages me and
supports my business throughout the year.
My brother and I will
continue to mow and serve customers from the Rockford region for years to come
– not just because of the money, but because of the priceless family time we
spend together on the job.
All after-school activities in Rockford Public Schools are canceled today because of anticipated severe weather and poor road conditions.
Students who live in any RPS 205 attendance zone are welcome to complete an application.
Parents/guardians of children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1 can visit the Welcome Center, 501 7th St., to enroll.
Rockford Public Schools will honor a teacher, an artist, a musician, an actor and a high school theatre production at its third Fine Arts Hall of Fame Awards in March.
School start times and dismissal will change by 10-to-15 minutes at most schools in the 2019-20 school year.
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