LION LUMBERJACK: Junior entrepreneur’s cutting biz fills his wallet

Junior Noah Yeldell hard at work.

Junior Noah Yeldell hard at work.

BLAKE SMITH, Staff writer

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After a long day of school Noah Yeldell had to retrieve his chainsaw and other equipment, than drove where the tree was located. After meeting the property owner, he setup his equipment and went to work. It only took about five minutes to cut up the small tree. His chainsaw started with a growl. Sawdust, and other wooden fragments flowed as the chainsaw ripped through the wood.

When everything was finished Noah offered the property owner the logs for his fireplace, received his money and left to the next job.  

Noah Yeldell started cutting firewood to sell for profit in the fall of 2015. Tired of working for minimum wage at Brookshires, he needed a new job that was profitable, flexible with his schedule, and that would give him the constant supply and demand he needed to become established and successful.

The young entrepreneur first got the idea to sell firewood because there was a large oak tree in his pasture that died and served as a hazard to his family’s property. He invested in a homeowners grade chainsaw from Home Depot and after watching several tutorials on how to cut a small tree down on YouTube, he managed to cut the tree down and into the popular length of firewood which is 18 inches long.

In the beginning, Yeldell had to rent a hydraulic log splitter from a rental company. But after he had managed to sell enough wood to afford better tools, he bought a commercial grade Stihl MS 261 20-inch chainsaw along with a used 22-ton log splitter.

As a high schooler his time is relatively “cheap” in the fact he’s not old enough or skilled enough to hold and work a high -paying job. He values his time at about $12 an hour, and he does anything from tree removal and bush trimming to selling firewood and splitting wood that the owner already has on hand as well as other jobs to make some cash.

What keeps customers coming back? Yeldell notes: “I have a good work ethic, customer service, and unbeatable prices as well as many recommendations and referrals.”

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