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Teen Details Cars, Farm Equipment
A passion for cars and an FFA program led 16-year-old Dawson Boys to start DBs Auto Detailing business in 2020. It soon evolved into detailing tractors, tillage equipment, and trucks as well.
  I began my business with money Id saved up and expanded as funds became available, says Boys, who works out of his dads 46 by 80-ft. farm shop in Mode, Ill. Some funding came from Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities at his high school, a program that includes fundraising for startup money and guidance for running a business. That was helpful as demand for his services grew and he needed a variety of chemicals and products for cleaning and waxing.
  Unlike your typical hobby detailer, I cant get by with products designed for my personal vehicle. I have to be equipped for any type of vehicle or equipment that comes through my shop, Boys says. One of my most recent details was for a local family farm, detailing their show tractor.
  Depending on the job, he charges by the job or by the hour.
  Now that hes attending college, his business hours are limited to weekends and college breaks, but the detailing business provides most of his income as he pursues a degree in finance.
  Though he doesnt plan to make a career out of detailing, its been a good business experience. He advises young adults planning a business to be prepared to fail as things dont always go as planned, but also to stand out from other businesses. Boys perfectionist personality earned him repeat customers and positive word-of-mouth reviews attracted new customers.
  Ive had a passion for cars from a very young age that stemmed from my dad, and I wanted to make some money while doing something I love. So now I get to make money and play with cars and tractors, Boys says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, DBs Auto Detailing, Mode, Ill. (dawson.boys@siu.edu; Facebook: DBs Auto Detailing)

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