By Haley Miller
Jonah Papacek began his personal garden care enterprise after a number of years of slicing his household’s grass and observing skilled garden care.
The 13-year-old Westfield resident launched Jonah’s Garden Service in 2021 and introduced in about $2,000 in income. On the finish of this season, he expects his income to be round $4,000 or $5,000.
“I similar to with the ability to go exterior and see that I make one thing look good,” Jonah stated. “I really feel like I’ve lots of freedom after I do it.”
Jonah is the only real proprietor of Jonah’s Garden Service, a Westfield neighborhood enterprise that gives mowing, trimming, edging and, most just lately, mulching.
Jonah’s dad and mom, Michelle and Jason Papacek, stated their son applies his knack for artwork and design to his garden enterprise.
Jonah designed a number of flyers promoting his companies, and he created the brand that he now wears on a T-shirt, which incorporates a caricature-style drawing of himself on a tractor and rainbow lettering spelling out “Jonah’s Garden Service.”
“I had my first shirt earlier than I had any clients,” Jonah stated.
Jonah handles 10 or 11 yards and works as much as 30 hours per week. When he enters eighth grade within the fall, he stated he might need to work extra on the weekends to maintain up together with his clients.
Michelle Papacek stated she is happy with her son’s capacity to excel at school and function his enterprise on the identical time.
“I’m simply floored by the willpower, the motivation,” she stated. “I’m undecided how he handles juggling the whole lot.”
Jason Papacek stated his son’s enterprise has been useful not solely to Jonah but in addition to the household. The Papaceks moved to a unique home at first of the pandemic, and Jonah’s Garden Service helped introduce and acquaint them to their new neighbors.
“Because the restrictions began to raise, we discovered ourselves introducing (ourselves), as an alternative of who we have been, extra as ‘We’re Jonah’s dad and mom,’” he stated. “Everyone is aware of Jonah from his garden care enterprise.”
Jonah continues to enhance his garden companies and strategies by watching YouTube channels focusing on garden care and upgrading his gear. His subsequent aim is to buy a commercial-grade mower.
“The tractor I’ve now, it does a superb job,” Jonah stated. “It’s not a big business piece of kit that may stripe a garden like a golf course. Sooner or later, I’d prefer to get a few of these so I can actually make folks’s yards look good.”
Jonah stated he genuinely enjoys garden care and needs to develop his enterprise by way of highschool and past.
“I plan on doing it so long as I can do it,” Jonah stated. “Just about till I retire.”