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11-year-old Regina boy starts own business with goal of buying Roughriders tickets and helping siblings

Young Regina entrepreneur starts his own business
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A Regina boy is making waves in his community for using his summer, not just for fun but to start his own business.

Eleven-year-old Jonathon McKinney decided he wanted to start his own lawn mowing business two weeks ago.

“I saw kids walking around with a lawnmower and I wanted to try that out and then I asked my dad to buy me a lawnmower,” McKinney said.

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His dad, Michael McKinney, said the family just moved to Regina from Manitoba two months ago and he could only afford a used lawn mower.

“That’s what I could afford so I bought him that.”

In order to help his son launch his new business, Michael helped Jonathon create an advertisement that they posted in The Gathering Place Community Centre.

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A picture of 11-year-old Jonathon McKinney’s ad for his lawn mowing business.
A picture of 11-year-old Jonathon McKinney’s ad for his lawn mowing business. Brandon Gonez / Global News

Since posting the ad two weeks ago Jonathon has seen business boom.

“Yesterday [Wednesday] I made $130!” he said.

Jonathon says he never takes any shortcuts when doing the job.

“If it’s not perfect then I’m still going to stay there and do it,” he said.

“I want to make sure the customer likes it and that they will want me back.”

Michael says Jonathon’s hard work hasn’t just paid off for him but also his three younger sisters.

“He pays for them to go swimming and so he’s a really kind-hearted kid,” Michael said. “I’m so proud of him, his mom’s so proud of him.”

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Jonathon says he plans to continue his business all through the summer and that he hopes to make enough money to finally see a Roughriders game with his younger sisters and his parents.

“I really want to see the Riders play!” Jonathon said. When asked how badly, he said “So bad!”