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Chippewa Falls 11-year-old ready to shovel your driveway to earn his own money

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CHIPPEWA FALLS (WQOW) -- There might be some flakes flying this weekend in the Chippewa Valley, but if you would rather hire a local kid to shovel your driveway for you, one 11-year-old will gladly do it.

"I wanted a computer. I wanted something more advanced. I decided I would start shoveling all winter," Elliot Estenson said. "I usually help out my parents. That's what I've always done. I decided earlier this year, before winter, that I would start doing it for money."

The fifth-grader has been using his parent's old laptop and asked for a new one. His parents saw this as an opportunity for Elliot, who has autism, to learn a new skill and the value of hard work.

"With him being autistic, there is always the question, can he take care of himself? Learning how to do everyday things is part of being an adult and taking care of yourself," His mom, Nicole Estenson, said.

"Something as easy as shoveling snow seems easy, but Elliott has had to learn how to do the job the right way. So it's teaching him a skill that he can take later in life."

His mother describes Elliot as very knowledgeable, saying once he gets on a topic, he becomes an expert in it.

The 11-year-old charges clients depending on the size of the job and the labor needed.

"For a job like [our driveway], I would probably charge about $10 because it's a very light snowfall. But, if it was very heavy, slushy snow, it might be $20," he said.

He has a goal of $700 but plans to continue shoveling snow even if he surpasses it.

"It's a really nice feeling. I feel good after jobs, really good. It's a really simple job," he said. "I encourage others to try to shovel. I'm in no competition, I've basically monopolized this place which is not bad."

Elliot brings his own shovel to jobs and even a snow blower if needed.

If you would like to hire Elliot, you can contact Nicole Estensen directly through her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nevansestenson.

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