I recently railed against what some people pay for lawn care, but a comment on that post has me rethinking my position on it. Instead of seeing lawn work as an expense, I should be seeing the extra income opportunity. Check out this comment from a reader:
I charged $1/minute for mowing, trimming, or basically anything to do with the yard. Oh and I used their supplies.
My average yard was 30 minutes of mowing, mowed twice a week for about 5 months (5 months*4.3 wks/mo*2 mows/wk* $30/mow=$1,290) plus gas and everything else I'm sure ran them at least $1,500 a summer.
I had 10 to 12 house per summer from age 12-16. Conservative estimate I made $1,000/house/summer * 10 houses * 5 summers = $50k just from mowing.
Not bad for a 12 to 16 year old -- $60 per hour. In fact, not bad for any of us looking for a bit of extra pocket money, though I wonder if the economy will take its toll on lawn mowers this summer.
Anyway, add this idea to my February money making list, my overall money making list and my 11 suggestions for making more money. Among all of these, surely there are some ideas suitable to anyone who would like to earn a bit more.