Bored with underpaid jobs and inconvenient hours, three entrepreneurial McLean teenagers determined to begin their very own firm.
Their new firm, TeenServ, goals to unravel teenage unemployment with a platform that matches college students and neighborhood members who want short-term help with varied duties. Web site customers can pick-up shifts wherever and each time they need, making it handy for hectic schedules.
Round a yr in the past, Jack Lannin, Quin Frew and one other McLean teen have been strolling house collectively from the native pool the place they labored as lifeguards, upset that they acquired a major pay lower once they got here up with the concept for TeenServ.
Lannin informed Tysons Reporter that pay change “virtually lower their wage in half,” and so they needed to seek out one other job however there have been few choices.
“Except for getting an actual job, reffing sports activities or yard work, there isn’t actually a great way to earn money,” Lannin stated, including that even turning into a referee requires a major startup price for teenagers — round $70 — to pay for coaching and a uniform.
They began out by going door-to-door and asking neighborhood members if they’d pay teenagers honest wages for short-term yardwork. Quickly sufficient, they started gathering alternatives.
“For teenagers, it’s actually intimidating going door-to-door,” Lannin stated. “However for us, it wasn’t an enormous deal.”
With assist from an entrepreneurship class at McLean Excessive Faculty and suggestions from friends, the scholars have been capable of flip their concept right into a actuality. Presently, they stated they’re studying as they go, because of steering from their class and suggestions from clients.
Thus far, the web site has employed greater than 200 teenagers, in keeping with Lannin.
The third founder, whom Tysons Reporter wasn’t capable of obtain parental permission to publish their title, stated one in every of his buddies has made greater than $1,500 to date by taking over random jobs and managed to construct a rapport with owners who request him for all their upcoming duties.
TeenServ pays college students as much as $18 per hour — effectively above Virginia’s minimal wage of $7.25.
The boys say the platform is mutually useful for neighborhood members and youths. The neighborhood members get pleasure from working with teenagers as a result of it offers them a possibility to work together with somebody they in any other case wouldn’t, and youths really feel like they’re giving again to the neighborhood, they stated.
If the shoppers are unhappy with the work, the three founders will come again to complete the job freed from cost. The founders stated they solely needed to take a buyer up on this a few times to date.
“For the long run, we actually wish to begin with McLean and increase as giant as doable thought the world,” the third founder stated.
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