Three McLean teenagers decided to leave behind the minimum wage grind and embark on their own entrepreneurial journey.
TeenServ is an online platform that connects students to adults who need short-term jobs done, like pulling weeds, cleaning or other types of housework. It began in 2018 under Ben Jeannot, Jack Lannin and Quin Frew, a group of friends who are still in charge of the service’s development and outreach.
The idea quickly spread after the boys decided to promote the service within their own friend groups, according to Lannin.
Since September, the team said they managed to recruit around 200 teenagers from eight area schools including Falls Church, Herndon, Marshall, McLean and Oakton.
Teens who sign up for the app can accept jobs they are most interested in and make about $17 per hour, according to the founders.
“Because it’s pretty much a free market system, it allows teens to choose jobs they want and think are fair,” one of the members told Tysons Reporter.
Another group member added that all of the jobs are screened by the founders before being added to the list of available opportunities. This way, they can ensure the jobs are safe and within limits of the site user agreements.
“We tend to stay away from animals or babysitting,” a group member said, adding that any job that involves the liability of a living thing, besides plants, is also off the table.
Twice a week, the boys said they will meet to discuss goals and next steps.
Currently, Lannin said the majority of their marketing is done through word of mouth and social media presence — including Instagram and Facebook. The group’s Instagram account has more than 800 followers as of Monday (Feb. 3).
Two promotions were recently announced on the company’s Instagram. The first promotion offers workers an extra 12 percent on top of the listed rate for a job if they bring along a friend, according to TeenServ’s Instagram.
There is also a job lottery that automatically enters students in a giveaway for every job they complete within a certain month.
Photo courtesy TeenServ