Do you ever just need a hand but don’t know where to turn? What if you could rent a teen or two to help out around the house? You wouldn’t have to feed them, buy them cars, or pay for their college education — just rent them as needed. Well, if you live in Dunwoody, you’re in luck. You can hire Rent-A-Teen to do the heavy lifting — and more.  

The brainchild of rising Dunwoody seniors Walt Anders, Charlie Weatherly and Isaac Anderson, Rent-A-Teen is available for odd jobs and chores. The summer before their junior year, the trio started doing yard work as a way to earn some money. When they found that customers were asking for other kinds of help, their idea morphed into Rent-A-Teen. They still mow lawns but also offer heavy lifting and moving, pressure washing, babysitting, pet sitting, tutoring in most middle and high school subjects and even driving your kids hither and yon — think camp, practice, or the pool.

Their staff is comprised of girls and guys, nine of whom are Dunwoody football players. Walt tells me that Isaac can lift anything and is the go-to for heavy lifting. That skill is especially valuable as their most frequent job request is to move furniture around the house. Now that I know about this resource, I may never move my own furniture again. 

I contacted Rent-A-Teen, rentateendunwoody@gmail.com, when my husband fractured his hip, and I knew he wouldn’t be able to set up the new porch furniture I was considering. I emailed Walt and told him I planned to order a new dining set and would need a teen or two to take the old furniture to Goodwill and assemble the new table and chairs. The boxes arrived on the last day of school, and I was on the Rent-A-Teen schedule for the next day so I was able to leave everything on the front porch overnight. Walt and Charlie arrived at 10 a.m. as promised and completed the job in an hour.

As we chatted, I discovered that the moving furniture request is not only their most frequent but also their favorite as it’s usually a quick in and out like what I needed. They also have a pressure washer and can do driveways, decks, etc. Walt explained that some of the girls also have day jobs and prefer the babysitting and pet sitting jobs because they can do those after hours. 

They have plenty of availability this summer and can also help out when school starts though their time will be more limited what with football practice and school. They may have started this business as a summer job, but they knew that done right, it would also satisfy a course requirement for the Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance, a two-year program they’re enrolled in. Chairman Steve Fortenberry and instructors Mike Nash and Laura Lampron teach classes in corporate finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, personal finance, AP Macroeconomics and international business.

Students apply their learnings to starting a business in the community as their senior year kicks off. Seeing Rent-A-Teen as an invaluable community resource, I wondered what would happen when these seniors graduated. Though Walt didn’t use the phrase succession planning, he told me he was already considering adding a younger student so the business could continue. I had a flashback to my corporate HR days and thought “that’s what succession planning is all about.”  I’m glad he’s thinking ahead because I plan to have him on speed dial. Rent-A-Teen is now a major part of my “Age in Place Plan.”

 

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest and on Amazon. Contact her at inkpenn119@gmail.com, follow her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/KathyManosPennAuthor/, and/or read her blogs at https://theinkpenn.blogspot.com.

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