You Can Earn Extra Cash With a Lawn-Mowing Business

Try this home lawn-mowing business to earn cash and work anywhere while enjoying the great outdoors.

| July/August 1977

This part-time lawn-mowing business lets you be outdoors all day.

Start a Lawn-Mowing Business

There aren't many part-time jobs that'll allow you to [1] work outdoors, [2] meet people, [3] provide a much-needed service, [4] set your own hours, and [5] earn up to $10 an hour when you do decide to work. This one will, though . . . and you can operate the service successfully almost anywhere that people live on this continent.

Several years ago — when my teenage son, Stan, and I moved to Alden's Walden (our cabin in the wilds of northwestern New Jersey) — the two of us stumbled onto a nifty moneymaking activity that nearly anybody can use to earn a substantial income just about anywhere. I'm talking about mowing grass.

Actually, young Stan is the one who got us started in this lucrative line of work. After fixing up an old 18 inch rotary push mower and earning enough money with it to buy a new Sears pusher mower, Stan persuaded me to buy a repairable riding-tractor-type grass cutter from a junk dealer for $75. Shortly after that, Number One Son sweet-talked me into spending $1,400 I didn't have for a John Deere Model 110 tractor with a 36 inch mower. We clipped grass with the JD-110 as partners for one season, then traded it in on a $2,100 JD-140H3 with hydraulics and a 48 inch-wide cut. Three May-to-October seasons of part-time work later, Stan and I tallied up our gross income . . . and found that we'd earned no less than $8,000!

We can't guarantee, of course, that you'll do as well with your own "mow for dough" operation. But then again, there's no reason why — given the information contained in this article and a few hundred dollars' worth of equipment — you can't do as well as Stan and I did . . . if not better!

The Mowing Equipment You'll Need

No matter how large — or small — a mowing operation you intend to have, you'll need [1] a whipstick or scythe for cutting down extra-tall weeds, [2] hand clippers for close work around steps, trees, etc., [3] a grass rake, [4] a basket, [5] a gas can, [6] oil, [7] spare blades for your mower, and [8] hand tools for fix-ups. It also pays to carry an axe and a bucksaw wherever you go, since you never know when you'll find a downed tree or tree limbs on the lawn you're about to clip. (This has happened to us more than once.)

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