2 Harborfields grads start odd-job business – Huntington Now


Two students graduating from Harborfields High School last year started a business doing odd jobs in the Huntington area.

Created by Carmelo Carbone and Nick Flynn Community Cleaning, designed to help people with many types of odd jobs that are often too small for more established companies or too expensive.

“We are open to all jobs if they are reasonable and do not require work experience. We stopped doing most landscaping work such as weeding and yard cleanup,” Carmelo said. “We started trying this type of work a bit last summer and again when we were home for the winter holidays. We felt there was a huge lack of help for people in the community who need help with small projects around the house but don’t know who to call or don’t want to hire professional companies that help them. will charge a lot of money.

Some of their works they have covered include:

  • Move furniture in and out of spaces

  • Sanitize and consolidate spaces or rooms (basements, garages, storage rooms, attics, etc.)

  • Lift uprising

  • Laying of mulch/rocks

  • Powerwashing (if equipment is provided)

  • Plant flowers

  • Rake leaves, although they don’t do most landscaping work

  • Bring rubbish, objects, furniture, etc. at the curb or in a dumpster

  • Shovel snow

Carbone said being in business has been a long-time goal. “I always wanted to start my own business from an early age. I didn’t have the education to run a business, and that’s exactly what I got from my freshman year at Babson College. I implemented what I learned from my entrepreneurship major and came back this summer with a full business plan for Community Cleanup. We started the business the day I returned from Babson College.

Flynn goes to Ohio State University.

The two young entrepreneurs know that running requires serious effort.

“Being a business owner is a ton of work,” Carbone said. “Our days usually start around 8:30-9am and I work on projects, give estimates, talk to clients and work on my books until about 6-7pm. With community service like this, we want to build relationships trustworthy and enduring relationships with our customers, often requiring us to go the extra mile to satisfy everyone we work for.At 19, it takes a lot of discipline, patience and research to be organized and successful.

He said the business attracts a range of customers, from seniors to young couples, and everyone in between. “We hear extremely positive things from our clientele,” Carbone said. “Many told us they needed help and felt abandoned. Sometimes they don’t get a callback from the professionals, and when they do, they’re billed way too much. Community members are so grateful that we can help them with projects that need to be done around the house and we are told that no one has ever provided a service quite like ours. It seems like so many people need our services and we are happy to help them and make their lives easier. »

Carbone said he and Flynn did most of the work, but occasionally hired someone else for bigger tasks or if they were too busy to take on a new task.

While the two are at college, they operate for the 5 1/2 months that Carbone is back home, including December and January, May, June, July, and half of August. They explore ways to operate throughout the year.



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