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Peoria Illinois Entrepreneurs Presents: A Conversation with Demetrius Harris By Katherine A. Young

As a homeowner, taking care of your lawn is an important feature for your home. Sometimes, you may need to outsource some of your work. Who best to help care for it but a positive business owner with an excellent work acumen? I had the pleasure of being acquainted with Demetrius Harris, a man with a great smile, work ethic, and a vision to leave a legacy for his children.

Who are you? What made you start your business? 

I’m Demetrius Harris, a native of Phoenix, Arizona. I started my business from a conversation with a buddy of mine who worked with me at the Children’s Home. We were talking about different ways to earn money and how to work for our kids. I wanted to pass something on with our name stamped to it. After being with the Children’s Home for almost thirteen years, I was laid off last June. I didn’t want to go through the application process again with some other company. Instead, I started working full-time for myself, for my kids. I had already been working my business on the side for six years, so it only made sense to start full-time. I didn’t have extra money saved up—instead of focusing on that, I dived all-in to work for myself and my legacy. So far, things are going well.

How has business been since the pandemic? What services do you offer?


It was the off-season during the pandemic, so I wasn’t affected at all. To supplement my income, I also did some delivering. My business brings in decent money, and I offer other services to round out my business, such as mowing, some landscaping, lawn edging, mulching, pressure washing, deliveries, brake/oil changes, spring/fall clean-ups, gutters, snow/leaf removal, dryer vent cleaning, small assembly, trashcan cleaning, and more if you talk to me about what you need. I’m pretty reasonable. I offer small deals such as mowing weekly or biweekly, depending on the size.

What words of wisdom would you have for the youth?

  • The sky is the limit.
  • You can do anything you put your mind to.
  • Find something legal that you’re good at and run with it.   
  • Be yourself.
  • Follow your own path.
  • Be respectful and be great. 


How can people connect with you online? How do you prefer to be contacted? 

The best way to contact me online is on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/www.harrismowing79
(or Harris Mowing and More in the search bar). Text messaging works great as well. 

Keep supporting small business owners and connect with Demetrius Harris today!