The more experience you have with yard work the better but you can be onboarded with no landscaping experience at all. Moreover, experience doesn’t need to be working with a professional landscape company. It’s just as valuable if you’ve helped your parents maintain their yard by raking leaves, pulling weeds, trimming bushes or mowing the lawn. No yard service we offer is highly skilled so being in shape and knowing how to use a shovel are what we look for in a qualified contractor.
Pulling weeds and installing mulch tend to be customer favorites. Jobs that you’ll come by the least often are retaining walls and patios. Occasionally there will be sod installation but that’s not all that popular either. Don’t fret if you haven’t done these things before because the crew leader will provide guidance on best practices.
Since many jobs involve digging, spade shovels and gloves are the most utilized equipment. A shears for trimming bushes and a clippers for cutting branches will be helpful too. Occasionally the customer will allow you to borrow their tools, but that should not be expected. A good rule of thumb is: if you have a tool then bring it with you, just in case it may be needed.
The crew leader will pay your cut immediately after the job is done, prior to your departure from the job site. Sometimes this will be in cash, but often a P2P payment app will be used. So it’s important for you to have a smart phone and access to a variety of payment apps.
Since you are your own boss, you get to determine what jobs you claim based on your preferences. You can take into account the customers proximity to your location. For example, if you are only willing to drive 30 miles from your home, then that’s totally fine. A 5 mile maximum travel radius is acceptable too, however, bear in mind that the further you’re willing to travel, the more opportunities will be made available to you.
Each driver always gets at least $10 in gas reimbursement for each project. Even if a customer lives 5 miles away, you’ll still get $10 for travel compensation. The default is to charge the customer $10 in travel fees for each worker. However, when jobs are further away (such as 30+ miles) then the amount reimbursed goes up accordingly. If you carpool with other crew members, then the driver will get more gas money.
If you don’t have access to reliable transportation, then joining the His Workmanship network likely won’t be a good fit. However, in some instances it can work out, like if you have a roommate or friend nearby who joined His Workmanship, has overlapping availability and is willing to carpool with you. Alternatively, you could get a ride to the job site from your parents or borrow a car from a buddy. Public transportation is an option too.
After you’ve worked several jobs as a helper, you will become an eligible candidate for being a crew leader. This role is reserved for those who are good communicators and have an excellent track record for customer satisfaction. Crew leaders tend to get offered more work opportunities so if you’re looking for regular hours, then becoming crew leader is a good position to strive toward.
We can work around whatever availability you have. Some individuals work close to full-time (40 hours per week) but many only work part-time (weekends only). It’s not uncommon for someone to have a full-time job elsewhere and just pick up some extra shifts through His Workmanship here and there. In short, this can be a side gig serving as supplemental income for some, or it can be a core source of income with regular hours for others. The choice is yours!