Like babysitting or petsitting, lawn mowing is another odd job of sorts. It’s summertime as I write this, so this would be an opportune time to be out there offering your services. Of course, there is an alternative for the “other time” of the year, which I will be talking about in day 26 of this series.
Naturally, there are already businesses out there that cut and care for lawns. However, you can probably find people in your neighborhood that would be happy to give their business to you; especially if they haven’t enlisted the help of anyone else yet.
The thing about summer is that, even if people aren’t on vacation, they tend to go on mental vacation. Mowing lawns might be one way to get closer to your financial goals. When you really think about it, summer gives you an opportunity to get ahead – that is – if you’re willing to put in the work.
For example, if you have a blog, you could really build it out over the course of the summer. Even if you tend to get fewer visits in the summer, your readers will have a lot of catching up to do once they get back (if you keep your hand to the plow). On the other hand, if you also go on mental vacation, it will clearly be reflected in your content production efforts (or lack thereof).
Mowing lawns certainly isn’t glamorous work, but neither is the highest paying work. You will likely find that you can be paid more for the grunt work that people don’t really want to do compared to the work that’s easy to do. There are some high-paying corporate jobs out there that will pay top dollar that won’t require anything of you, but you have to ask yourself if you would be fulfilled in that kind of position.
People with a drive to succeed wouldn’t want to be in a job like that. They have the desire to make the most of their time and their resources.
Anyway, I keep on digressing. If you want to get serious about mowing lawns, you will probably have to get somewhat entrepreneurial. You might have to knock on some doors, put up some fliers or tear sheets, and talk to more people. However, the pay can be pretty good and it isn’t something you necessarily have to do over the long haul. You can make a little bit of money to fill the cracks as necessary.