Flexibility: Your child should be able to manage his schedule around schoolwork and other responsibilities.
Great Pay: Your child has the potential to earn multiple repeat jobs that last all summer. If he charges anywhere from $10-$40 per yard, depending on the size, he could earn a considerable amount of money by the end of summer.
Repeat Customers: Not only will the jobs repeat all summer, many will repeat the following summer. During the winter it could lead to snow shoveling jobs, too.
Proximity: Your child should be able to find neighbors or businesses close by that would like lawn service. This will keep him close to home.
Jobs are Plentiful: As long as you live in an area with grass, the grass will keep growing all summer, so there won't be a shortage of work. Your child should be able to line up multiple jobs to keep him busy.
Expensive Start Up Costs: If your child needs to purchase a lawn mower, it could be an expensive job to start. You could let them use your mower to get started or help them purchase one second-hand.
Safety: Please make sure that your child understands how to operate a lawn mower with caution. Anytime a child operates machinery, there is the possibility of injury. Create a plan with your child in case he has an emergency.
Limited Ages: Lawn mowing will only be appropriate for older children who can operate a lawn mower safely. Younger children may want to consider raking instead.
Competition: Depending on how many friends your child has, there could be stiff competition for lawn mowing jobs if they are all interested in the same job. Encourage your child to get creative to land repeat jobs.
Weather: Rain can cause a problem for a lawn mowing business; so can drought. Help your child create a back up plan for getting his lawn mowing jobs done when there is inclement weather.
What Kids Learn About Money:
Advertising: Your child can start by telling friends and neighbors about his new business. In addition, he may want to check with elderly people who may have trouble mowing their own lawn.
Fluctuating Operating Costs: The changes in the price of gas each week will impact the profits for your child. He will learn that he makes more when gas is cheaper and may even watch the prices of gas over time.
Managing Equipment: Be sure to determine if your child will use your mower or the homeowner's mower. If your child will have his own mower, he will need to learn to care for his equipment.