Forget about setting up a lemonade stand, a San Antonio teenager has a better plan for making some cash this summer. Nolan is cashing in on the drought.
He's spent the last couple of days going door to door handing out fliers advertising his services as a lawn waterer. Since we are teetering between stage 2 and stage 3 water restrictions, watering with a handheld hose seems to be the only way to rescue some of your landscaping.
It's a time consuming duty, so the idea is if you don't have the time, 15 year old Nolan will take care of this duty for you -- for a small fee.
His mom, Cindy, also one of my very best friends, says it was all Nolan's idea. She's simply acting as a consultant or sounding board for her teenager. (Always the modest, behind the scenes mom.) Plus, what a great learning experience for a young man! And to go into it without a partner, no one to take his ideas, steal his thunder or take all the credit! I think Nolan is smart to look to his mother for advice instead of his best buddy, cousin, or girlfriend. When statistics show that six out of ten start-up businesses fail within the first four years, a young entrepreneur needs all the "right" people in his corner, no "glommers". Okay, wait a minute, I'm talking about a teenager's lawn service, right? With a business longevity that spans what's left of this drought? Lemme shift back to the not-so-serious mode here.
With that said, it doesn't surprise me that Nolan would come up with the entrepreneurial idea. After all, his dad is quite the successful entrepreneur. I guess this type of thing runs in your blood?
So far, Nolan's guesstimating he'll be able to command ten dollars a yard in his neighborhood. I happen to believe once he figures out how long it takes to water some of his neighbor's yards, he'll realize he can command a bit more than ten dollars. Suffice to say, we're proud of ya, Nolan!