An 11-year-old boy from Burton in Madison County enjoyed mowing his family’s lawn so much that he decided to start his own business. Four years later, Caleb Tippetts, now 15, is continuing the business that’s proven to be both fun and financially rewarding.
“I’ve always liked being outside working. It just kind of came to me (to mow lawns). It was really fun,” he said. “I just love being out there and doing stuff rather than sitting inside doing nothing. It’s really fun to be outside and to be in nature.”
Some of the money Caleb earns gets reinvested back into his business. With a little help from his parents, Sean and Charlene Tippetts, Caleb has purchased lawn mowing equipment such as a riding lawn mower, trailer and weed wacker. The rest of the money goes into paying for sports equipment and to saving for a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission.
In addition to mowing customers’ lawns, Caleb also edges lawns, rakes leaves and anything else his customers request. He’s his own boss as well as his own employee.
“It’s just me,” he said.
Depending on the size of the customer’s lawn, it takes about an hour and a half to mow a lawn. During the mowing season, Tippets is on the job Monday through Saturday.
Caleb’s customers rely on him for various reasons.
“Sometimes there’s not a lot of time for them to mow their lawn,” Caleb said. “I’ve talked to some people who have their lawns done because they have a health problem. They’re older and don’t like getting out to mow the lawn. It takes a long time.”
Caleb attends Madison Junior High School in Rexburg and starts his lawn mowing business about the time school ends for the summer each year.
“I go around and look for when the lawns are ready,” Caleb said. “Sometimes I’ll have people call me that they want their lawn mowed.”
Currently, Caleb has eight customers.
“I’m hoping for more. I want to get around 20,” he said.
At the middle school, Caleb is a member of the track team and he does shotput and discus. In the late summer and fall months, he plays football.
His favorite class in school is math. He says he likes it because there’s only one right answer and no speculating on other possible answers. There is no question that 2+2=4, he said.
“There’s an equation,” Caleb said. “There is a sure way to get the right answer. I like plugging numbers in and getting numbers out.”
In other subjects, perception often rules.
“You write something, and the teacher might like your friend’s better than yours,” Caleb said. “In math, it’s nice to know you got the right answer and had the right equation for it,.”
After his high school graduation in three years, Caleb plans to serve a church mission.
“I think it would be really fun to go to a foreign country,” he said. “It would be good anywhere I go. It’s the same thing. You’re teaching people about the church and serving others.”
After his mission, Caleb wants to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and would like to major in engineering.
“They’ve got a football program there. It’s a church school, so I wouldn’t have to play on Sundays,” he said.
Between now and his mission, Caleb plans to continue with his business.
“I love mowing. I can’t wait for the summer, so I can mow again,” he said. “It’s fun. I like it.”
Caleb urges young people interested in starting their own business to stick with whatever they decide to do.
“Don’t quit. It’s so satisfying,” he said. “You’ll be so happy with yourself. Keep pushing through. Even though it’s hard, you’ll learn to love it. You’ll learn to work hard and to keep working hard.”
For more information on Caleb Tippets’ lawn mowing service, call 208-201-2189.