Jack Fleming on Colorado and Company

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Jack Fleming is the 18-year-old owner of a lawn care business called Yard Boyz.  Due to his dedication and vision, the business has steadily grown over the last five years, and in 2018 Jack made $25,000 in profit! Jack’s goals for this summer include staying on top of his administrative work and expanding his business. He is a finalist in the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition.

Watch Jack pitch his business on Colorado & Company,  and learn more about him and his business below.

Question: Tell me a little bit about you – name, age, how long you’ve been an entrepreneur?

Answer: My name is Jack Fleming and I am a recent high school graduate. I started Yard Boyz 5 years ago.

Q: What motivated or inspired you to start a business?

A: I was motivated to start Yard Boyz because I wanted to have money of my own. I enjoyed cutting lawns, and I thought it was a simple way to make a little extra money.

Q: Please share an overview of your business.

A: Yard Boyz is a general landscaping service that specializes in weekly lawn mowing. We also do small- to medium-sized landscaping projects in the Centennial area.

Q: Do you have a website or place for people to contact you/buy products?If so, what is it?

A: I currently do not have a website.

Q: Tell us about some of the challenges you face being a young business owner.

A: One of the top challenges about running my business is making sure that I keep all the little details straight with regard to scheduling, payroll, employee scheduling, billing, and equipment.

Q: What’s the best part about having your own business?

A: My favorite part about having my own business is learning what it truly takes to be an adult and have a job. Some of my friend’s experiences cannot compare to the things I have had to do and the responsibilities I have had to manage.

Q: Would you encourage other young people to start a business? Why or why not?

A: Of course. I personally believe that almost all students in high school should have businesses if they want one. It teaches them so many valuable skills.

Q: What is your involvement with Young Americans Center for Financial Education?

A: I applied to their YourthBiz business competition and have been named a finalist for the past two years. Also, when I was younger, I participated in AmeriTowne as an Accountant at the Utility Center.

Q: I hear that congratulations are in order—you’re a finalist in this year’s Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition! Tell us about this award and how it could help your business improve.

A: This award seeks to help small businesses improve from ages 6-21. I am grateful to be named a finalist, and I plan to use the money awarded to help replace some worn out equipment that I have been using.

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