How this 11-year-old built his own lawn care business

Abu Mubarik October 13, 2022
Tre'shawn Pittard. Photo: WTOL

Tre’shawn Pittard is an 11-year-old who has taken an unorthodox path to achieve his dream as an entrepreneur. For an 11-year-old, it is fair to say that running a lawn care business is a tedious job but Pittard is enjoying it while it lasts. 

A student at Riverside Elementary School in north Toledo, Pittard’s work begins as soon as the bell rings for a break or leisure time. For the last couple of years, he has been cutting grass in his mother’s yard and that of some neighbors, according to WTOL.

He got into mowing by simply asking questions, typically of young kids. “I had started when I was in the house and I asked my mom’s boyfriend, ‘could I cut grass?'” Pittard said. “He said yes.”

He was given the mower to cut the grass and it was smooth sailing for him. He enjoyed what he did, adding that it lets him focus on nothing but his singular goal.

“I just have to get this yard perfect,” he said about his experience cutting grass. What started from a simple question soon became a passion. He mowed the lawns of people he had never met and from there, he turned it into a business.

“I start with the front and then go slowly to the back,” Pittard said of his lawn-mowing process.

Ambitious and intelligent as he is, Pittard decided to rebrand his services and one of the first things he did was to take his business to the big leagues and also made professional business cards at the nearby LaGrange Branch Library to spread the word of his services.

“We were thrilled,” library spokesperson Kelsey Rader said. “We want people to know about our resources, we want them to come in and use them. We were so happy he was doing it in such a positive way too.”

According to Pittard, when he first posted his services on Facebook, he had only 7 requests but this has now gone up by 11 to 12.

The sun doesn’t always shine, Pittard is aware of this fact. In relation to this, he is already making arrangements to welcome the snow.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: October 13, 2022


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