“You grow it, we mow it.”
For Shelbyville High School sophomores Caden Tackett and Jalen Hounshell, starting a lawn mowing business was easier than they thought.
“We were thinking of an idea [to make money], and he’s mowed before, and we just thought mowing was a good idea,” Hounshell said.
Together, they are the Mow Bros, but they offer more than just mowing. The duo also offer hedge trimming, edging, planting flowers and mulching services.
So far, in the three weeks they’ve officially been the Mow Bros, they’ve provided services to twelve lawns and made upwards of $600.
“We only thought we were going to get like five yards, maybe, but now we’re at 12 yards weekly, and it’s going pretty well,” Hounshell said.
Tackett added: “I mowed last summer and I didn’t have that many yards. It was like four or five, and I thought it was sweet having that many customers. This year, having a new partner and getting it out on Facebook, it’s starting to progress and we’re getting a lot of business and people to help out.”
Tackett said many of their customers are older people who physically can’t mow their lawns or people who are so busy they don’t have time to mow their lawns. Their first customer was Hounshell’s mom’s co-worker.
“She was new to the neighborhood and her grass was really high,” Hounshell said. “She said she needed some kids to mow her lawn, and now it’s a weekly thing we do.”
They’ve put a good chunk of their profits back into their business, buying new mowers, weed whackers, and paying for gasoline. They’re looking to buy more equipment.
“I got a couple of mowers we use at the same time, he’s got a weed eater and leaf blower, so we share our stuff, but we have our own equipment we take to our customer’s houses,” Tackett said.
“We started out with one mower, and this is a funny story, it actually stopped working, so my dad was like, ‘Hey, you’ve got your own business, you can buy your own mower,’” Tackett said. “We bought weed eaters so we can each have one. So we had a little bit, but we also invested in some stuff to grow our business.”
They hope once spring sports ends and school lets out for the summer that they’ll be able to provide services to more community members on a daily basis.
“He plays soccer,” Tackett said. “I’m in baseball right now, so our schedule is pretty busy, especially with having to mow and everything. It’s just a thing we can do to make a little bit of extra money and help out people who need their mowing done.”
“With school and sports and stuff, it’s tough during the week, but summer is going to be where it opens up and we’ll get a lot more customers,” he added.
The duo aims to grow their business, which Tackett believes they can do through staying organized and being reliable. They’re even looking into creating a website for their business.
“A lot of customers want their grass cut that day,” Hounshell said. “If we’re reliable, they’re going to ask us to do it weekly.”
Tackett added: “I keep posting updates on Facebook about how we are available to mow. I also post before and after pictures of lawns, and it catches their eyes a little bit and shows them what we can do.”
Tackett posts these photos on his personal Facebook page, but he said he looked into creating the Mow Bros company its own Facebook page earlier Thursday afternoon.
While it’s just the two of them right now (and sometimes Hounshell’s brother), Tackett thinks they may be able to bring on another employee this summer.
And even though they started the business for the summer, they’ll continue it as long as they can.
“We’re going to try to keep it going as long as we can,” Tackett said.
Their rates vary based on services and yard sizes, but basic mowing (which includes edging) starts at $20. Anyone interested in hiring the Mow Bros can email MowBrosLS@gmail.com.
(They recommend customers employ the Mow Bros services weekly to keep the grass from getting out of control.)
“Our biggest goal is to satisfy our customers and help people out who need it,” Tackett said. “From our standpoint, the goal is to grow and be as successful as we can this summer.”
Hounshell added: “A lot of teenagers our age, they just sit at the house. We’re always looking for something to do.”