Student Earns $4000 in One Weekend

Over two years ago, I published a post about a high school student that I thought had earned over $2000 in one weekend. I had heard reports about his success, but they were dramatically understated.

Two grand in one weekend is pretty amazing, but $4000 is incredible! I had a chance to interview him in person, so let me share this story again.

His name is Mitch and as a Freshman in high school he started working at a local pizza shop. At the same time he started his own lawn care business. He grew his account to around 10 customers and during the Spring and Summer he mowed lawns every week.

The big weekend came when we had a late season snowstorm. It brought down trees and branches all over town and schools were closed.

It was in the afternoon that Mitch decided to go make some money. He asked customers if they would hire him to clear branches and trees from their yards and driveways. To his surprise, they said yes, and in the next 6 hours, he earned $600. Totally blown away by his results, he was anxious to work the rest of the weekend.

He had a friend give him a hand, but that friend wasn’t available the rest of the weekend. Mitch asked another friend if he wanted a weekend job. Together they came up with a plan and began early Saturday morning.

He had his own pickup truck, chainsaw, and small trailer. His family had a place where he could store the wood and branches. He borrowed another pickup truck for his employee to use and they began asking for business.

Yard after yard and load after load they hauled away trees and cleared yards. It was a great system. A basic cleanup of branches brought in a minimum of $35, but they cleared entire trees for several hundred. His goal was to earn $250 per trip to dump the trailer and trucks. Sometimes it was much higher.

Mitch learned how to ask for the sale as he went. He had never priced these services before, but he knew a little about asking for business. People were anxious to get their yards cleaned up and tree service companies were booked solid. The business was his for the taking, and he took advantage of the opportunity.

By Sunday evening, Mitch was more tired than he had ever been before, but he and his team had earned well over $4000. His only expenses were fuel and the wages he paid to his two employees.

Next week I am going to talk about the principles that can be learned from this story of taking action. Before then, I want to ask you if you would be willing to take advantage of such an opportunity if it came your way?

There were probably a dozen reasons why it wouldn’t work. I am sure Mitch would have been much more comfortable relaxing for a long 3-day weekend, but he didn’t and now I am telling his story.

Take some time to think through what you would do if a cool opportunity showed up in your life. Would you take advantage? Would you overcome the obstacles?

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!