How can I help grow my mini-mowing/yard work bisness [sic]? (I am just a kid.)
This is a great question! It speaks of your work ethic, your determination, your independence, and your sense of responsibility. I bet your parents are very proud of you!
How can you grow your mowing/yard work business? Work hard and do good-quality work are my first responses. Mow when you say you are going to mow. Communicate with your customers if you know you might be delayed. (For example, if you get sick or overwhelmed with homework or if your family goes out of town.) Do a thorough job. Clean up after you are done. Pay attention to the things your customers have asked you to do or not do—for example, don’t weed-whack the flowers they asked you to leave alone.
Your customers will appreciate all your efforts and, perhaps more importantly from a business point of view, they will stay your loyal customers. Some businesses are really good about getting new customers, but they do not do enough to keep the customers they already have. You can’t grow a business that way. You grow a business by keeping the customers you have and adding new ones.
Which brings me to the next thought for growing your business: ask your current customers for referrals. If they are pleased with the work you have done for them, then they will be more than happy to let their friends, neighbors, and family know about your business. You might even want to create fliers or business cards for them to hand out. One word of caution, however: don’t add so many customers that you can’t continue to offer good-quality work to your current ones. There is a sweet spot here—having enough customers for your business to thrive, but not bringing in so many new customers that the quality of your work suffers.
And one last thought: be open to new possibilities. In addition to mowing, maybe add weed pulling in the summer, leaf raking in the fall, snow shoveling in the winter, or hedge trimming in whatever season hedges are trimmed. Pet sitting might also go well with a yard business because you’re at the house already—might as well feed and water the animals!