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Old 12-23-2011, 02:58 AM
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this thread is great and reminds me of my childhood dream.. good job kid!! i owe you a (root)beer for making me remember the good ole times!!

I did the same thing when i was about that age, i think dad gave me keys to the mower at like 12 and it was all downhill from there, I used a wagon instead as it was all i had and started garbage picking for all the wood and metals i could find to make a ginormous trailer to haul a push mower, a blower, weedwhip, edger, 5 gallon water jug, a toolbox and some random *** handtools... i wish i had a photo for you but i dont...

it was a wagon 32" wide by like 6 foot or so long.. the garden trailer will work a load better for you so good score... it looks like it may need some structurally sound sides on it(welder/rivet gun or just wood found in the trash can work too) so you can mount some racks for handtools, a blower, a water jug(plywood bottom and a ratchet strap) or something to throw a big cooler on it to stay hydrated and have food cause thats rather important... eventually got a dump trailer to haul mulch and stuff around and added a big hole in the rear floor of the wagon to haul the mulch to the jobs with the riding mower

i remember when i turned 15(2.5 years of being in "business") i bought my work truck back then and paid cash which suprised my parents and the seller, a 87 chevy 2500 ext cab, 4x4 w/plow & salt spreader... that winter was awesome for me but sucked for my parents as they had to be in the car with me while i acquired 6 plow jobs with a learners permit, 2 of them were commercial so that paid for everything that winter... when i turned 16 i bought the biggest and baddest car in my mind (a 94 jeep wrangler on 37" baja claws w/ sbc 383)

Anyways the point of my post is to hopefully motivate you that cash is king, you can do anything with it especially at that young of an age.

As far as advertising goes, craigslist is a great free way, your computer should have microsoft word, if not download it and there is a ton of business like forms on there to help you advertise/make flyers. also check out as you may be able to get free business cards, magnets, tshirts, hats, pens, bumper stickers, they also do fliers for super cheap... Most of their stuff is pay shipping for one or like 250 biz cards free just pay shipping, then you could just use a template to make your own fliers off the computer and go door to door in your neighborhood...

Good luck kid. seriously. keep your head up even when the days are going in the ****ter, it could always be worse... the damn video games and hitting on hot chicks and taking them to the 5 star restaurants down there is what would take its toll on you!

sorry for rambling for a day.
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