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Let It Snow: McLean Student Business Ready To Help During Storms

Patch logo Patch 3 days ago Emily Leayman
a pile of snow: McLean's student-run business TeenServ is hoping for snow to provide shoveling jobs for teens. © Shutterstock McLean's student-run business TeenServ is hoping for snow to provide shoveling jobs for teens.

MCLEAN, VA — A group of McLean High School students is hoping for snow, but it's not just to get off school. The three students who run TeenServ, a business placing teens with house work jobs, are ready to handle snow shoveling.

The TeenServ owners say hiring teens can be an alternative to using a snow shoveling company, allowing homeowners to set their own price and schedule. According to co-owner Quin Frew, one resident used TeenServ for shoveling last winter after a company's service was five hours late.

"It's very flexible. You're picking all of the details of the job," co-owner Jack Lannin told Patch.

The platform has over 300 teens signed up as independent contractors. TeenServ notifies teens when a job is posted to determine who can get the job done. If a customer isn't completely satisfied with the work, the owners will give a refund and come out to complete the job themselves.

"With TeenServ, we specialize in year-round jobs, and it's our policy to do 100 percent," said Frew.

The student-run business wants to reach residents who want to hire kids but may not know any. The owners have gone door-to-door and found residents who would've used the service earlier if they knew. They're also trying to help elderly residents who cannot do snow shoveling anymore.

TeenServ expects snow shoveling jobs will be needed when students are off for snow days, making them available to work. If a snow storm is in the forecast, they will get a sense of which teens are available a few days ahead of time.

Other common jobs provided by TeenServ include leaf raking, lawn mowing and mulching. The business recently expanded to offer indoor services like tutoring, cleaning and hooking up technology. After the job is completed, customers are billed through PayPal. The owners keep 20 percent of the price. The price advertised to the teens is after that 20 percent is taken off, so they earn exactly what the job listing says.

"When you're hiring a teen, you're giving back," said Lannin.

For more information, visit www.teenserv.com, reach out by email at teenservbusiness@gmail.com, or call or text 703-399-6198 outside school hours.

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