Young entrepreneur Carlson takes on odd jobs

By on August 1, 2014

ELBURN—Got a job that needs doing but you don’t have the time, the energy or the right tools? It’s a good bet that Cole’s Odd Jobs has all of the above to complete that job.

Recent Kaneland High School graduate Cole Carlson said he started his Cole’s Odd Jobs business as a high school sophomore, but kicked it into high gear this summer. He has a number of friends ready, willing and able to help him get jobs, big or small, done in a timely manner.

“This summer, my mom helped me start a Facebook page, but our best advertising is word-of-mouth and referrals,” Carlson said. “I always give a client five or six business cards and ask them to tell their friends about us.”

One client who does just that is Teresa Keenan of Stone Tower Properties in Geneva. Not only does Keenan employ Carlson’s crew for work around her own home, she has them working at properties she has listed for sale.

“Initially, they moved some heavy furniture for me; nothing got scratched, broken or damaged in any way,” Keenan said. “Since then, they’ve cut grass, done edging and weeding, cleaned up vacant properties.

“They are super-responsible and reasonably priced,” she said. “We rave about them. I give them a checklist and they let me know when it’s done.”

Campton Hills resident Tom Gancer echoed Keenan’s sentiments.

“They did a bunch of landscaping for us,” Gancer said. “They work hard, and you definitely get your money’s worth.”

Keenan said she likes the fact that a young businessman is learning valuable skills like time management and budgeting.

A high school football player, Carlson is planning to attend the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse to play collegiately and study civil engineering. His clients needn’t worry, though—Carlson said his younger brother, Chase, will continue in his footsteps. Along with his brother, Cole has recruited several friends to help with his business, including Tyler Slamans, Drew David, Jaumaureo Phillips, Kevin Dawrant and Brady Feece.

For more information, find Cole’s Odd Jobs on Facebook, or call him at (630) 258-4144.