Teens are often bored, sleeping in late and out of money. Is there a better way? While it may take some motivation, keep the kids busy, with money in their pockets, by helping them to create a snow shoveling business.
Snow Shoveling Business FAQ
A snow shoveling business is a perfect medicine for teens this winter who may need to get out of the house or are just super energetic and business savvy. It’s also a good way to introduce some important money lessons. If this is your first go at a business for your teenager, here are a few answers to the questions you might be asking yourself.
How Do You Find Clients for a Snow Shoveling Business?
Finding clients isn’t as tough as it sounds. The best strategy is to go door-to-door around the neighborhood. Send the teen out with a snow shovel to round up some clients. If your teen is younger or it would make you feel more comfortable, go out with them. Just try and let them do the talking for some experience.
For an extra fun activity, create some business cards to pass around to the potential clients. There are plenty of templates online and in Microsoft to get you started. Include as much personal information as you find appropriate for folks to get a hold of you when they need shoveling.
What Does My Teen Need?
The main thing your teen needs is a really good snow shovel. Besides shoveling sidewalks, your teen could offer to clear off vehicles. In this case, an ice scraper and any other snow removing devices that are safe for cars is a great idea. Finally, have them carry a little bit of cash in case their clients need change back after paying.
How Much Should They Charge for Snow Shoveling?
Pricing for shoveling services varies around the country and from neighborhood to neighborhood. Evaluate your own area as well as asking some of the interested clients for feedback. A ballpark range could be between $10-20. The price should be on the higher end if shoveling involves the driveway and walkways.
A snow shoveling business is a great way to introduce your teen to some basic business principles, hard work, and even some exercise! Make sure to walk through budgeting, earning and saving so they know what to do with their money.
For more information, visit ACCC’s Youth & Money resource page.