Young Entrepreneurs Starting Businesses



I just had an incredible interview with two teenage guys who are really impressive for their age. Nate and his brother Drew have started lawn care businesses in two different states and on an island in the South Pacific! (Their family moves a lot) These resourceful young men have already learned much about work and business because they decided to take action on an idea.

It all started with their Dad who told them that it was time they learned how to be responsible. Their job was to take care of their own lawn and then find other lawns to mow as a business venture. Through their hard work and great customer service they grew their business into an operation that netted them a couple of hundred bucks a week. Not bad for two kids that started this business at the ripe old age of 8 and 11!While their friends were home watching Saturday morning cartoons, these young entrepreneurs were out getting the job done putting money in the bank and cash in their pocket.

Nate and Drew were kind enough to share some of the things they have learned while running their lawn care businesses. Here is their advice:

  1. Integrity – you have to be honest and do what you say you are going to do. Your customer needs to know that you mean what you say, and that you will take care of them.
  2. You need to treat your customers well. This might mean being willing to do services other than mowing lawn. You just never know when you will be called on to tackle a new job. This one thing will really build loyalty with your customers.
  3. Be detailed! Lawn care is more than just “mowing the grass.” It involves edging and trimming and making sure you clean up after yourself, like blowing the grass clippings off the sidewalk and driveway.
  4. Keep your options open. Be ready to adapt to changing situations and schedules.
  5. Start small and grow as you earn money. Don’t invest in big expensive lawn mowers, but buy what you can afford and use it until it wears out.
  6. Don’t lose hope! Things can get discouraging at times, but persist and don’t give up!
  7. It is important to have fun and enjoy what you are doing. It is hard to be successful if you hate your work. (there are a lot of adults that could learn this!)
  8. Get good financial training! Both Nate and Drew recommend reading Dave Ramsey’s My Total Money Makeover.
  9. Finally, You can do this!. Just get started! You have nothing to lose!

What fantastic advice from two amazing guys that are off to a great start as entrepreneurs. Nate and Drew are examples of what it means to take action and find the work that you were meant to do. Now get out there and start something!

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!

  • Nate

    Thank you sir for the great interview. I thought about looking for your website and here it is. Thank you for writing such a great article on my brother and I. We both thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and look forward to more in the future about other teens like us. Have a great day and God Bless.

    -Nate & Drew

    • admin

      You are welcome, Nate! Thanks for checking out my site! I will be adding content weekly, and hopefully many more stories just like yours. The free ebook will be up before long too. You and Drew are doing some pretty cool things with your business. Keep it up!