When you own a landscaping, lawn care service, or any related business focused on commercial or residential outdoor projects, anticipating the number of Workers you may need during any given week can present a real challenge. You never want to turn away business, but when a last-minute project comes up, and you don’t have the extra staff to accommodate it, you often have no choice but to decline.
We’re here to tell you there’s a better way. If you’re not leveraging temporary labor to help supplement your staff as demand for your landscape business or lawn care service fluctuates, you should be. In this blog post, we’ll dive into how you can utilize Gig Workers to help you ensure you can accept every outdoor project request that comes your way, bringing even more revenue to your landscaping, lawn care service, or outdoor property maintenance business.
What are Gig Workers?
First, let’s begin by going over the basics. If you’re new to the Gig economy, Gig Workers are temporary laborers you can hire on-demand. Whether you need someone to come in to complete a half-day of laying sod, or you have several upcoming larger landscape projects you need assistance with, you can use Gig Workers to fill open shifts.
What are the benefits of hiring last-minute landscaping labor?
Of course, you never want to hire more employees than you anticipate needing. Since you likely have a good idea of how many employees you need to have on staff to cover a typical week, hiring additional full-time employees to meet your changing business demands doesn’t make sense. Instead, consider hiring temporary Workers who will only work the jobs you need them to.
Aside from the above cost-savings benefits that accompany hiring temporary landscapers or outdoor property maintenance Workers over full-time employees, using on-demand Workers can help you complete more projects, generating more revenue for your business.
Want to know how a real landscaping business is using GigSmart Workers to scale as demand increases for their services? Read this small business success story to find out more.
Temporary Workers can also be added and removed based on your upcoming workload. Since you likely experience increased customer requests based on a variety of factors like the weather, the time of year, and your location, you can utilize temporary Workers to quickly scale your team as those variables change.
How should you prepare your temporary Workers for an outdoor project?
Preparing temporary Workers for outdoor projects can seem like a daunting task. If you’ve only been using full-time employees, it can be a challenge to know how to train temporary Workers. It’s important to make sure your temporary Workers understand the guidelines they must follow when working your Gig. Whether it’s what equipment or tools to bring, what equipment or tools they’re expected to know how to use, their dress, or customer service specifics, you need to make them aware of your expectations so they feel prepared for the job and your clients receive the best experience.
For the same reasons, it’s important to make your temporary outdoor Workers aware of your expectations, and it’s crucial to advise them of what the consequences will be if they fail to meet expectations. Make sure you are transparent with them and aligned on what to do and what not to do to prevent confusion on the worksite. With everything clearly laid out, who knows, you might just find a temporary Worker you want to hire over and over again.
Where can I find last-minute skilled landscapers, lawn care service, or outdoor maintenance Workers?
It can be difficult to find qualified last-minute labor for an outdoor project, but GigSmart makes it easy. Whether you’re a business that offers landscaping services or an individual looking for a summer lawn maintenance company you can rely on, you can find and hire skilled help for any outdoor project with GigSmart.
If your needs are immediate, we can help you find qualified, temporary labor in less than an hour. If you have a scheduled project coming up, you can hire up to 30 days in advance. All of our Workers are insured at no additional cost to you, and you can even require Workers to have passed a background and motor vehicle check prior to working your Gig and operating equipment. Lastly, you set Workers hourly rate, and GigSmart takes care of the payment — without the additional paperwork and overhead that accompanies hiring W-2 employees.
If you’re ready to hire temporary, skilled Workers for your outdoor projects, create your first free Gig post in your Get Workers hiring account today.