If you think mowing lawns is just a part-time job for highschool or college students, think again. There’s actually a lot of money to be made just by cutting grass. Ever heard of the phrase ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’? Well, in this case, this isn’t just about appearances. There really is a lot of green(backs) to be earned from trimming all that green, green grass.
Meet GreenPal. It’s an app and online platform that matchmakes lawn care professionals with nearby homeowners who need their expert services. Did you know that the average yard work provider on GreenPal earns about $55 an hour, while the top ones make over $100,000 a year? It’s true.
So don’t let the grass grow under your feet. Here’s a little review of GreenPal to help you figure what it’s about. Read on and find out how you can join it, and why it can help you earn a parttime or fulltime income just by cutting grass and mowing lawns.
What is GreenPal?
GreenPal is an online platform that connects homeowners and other clients with local grass cutting services and lawn maintenance and landscaping professionals. Think of it as an Uber, or Lyft, or Airbnb, except that it’s for lawns and yards.
For homeowners, GreenPal an excellent place to find, book, and pay for lawn care, yard maintenance, and other landscaping services, all provided by local professionals at competitive prices. With GreenPal, homeowners save time and effort, as well as save money from not having to buy their own gardening or landscaping tools and equipment. Just as important, they can also meet reliable and trustworthy professionals who will tend to their lawn or yard maintenance needs for the long-term.
And for lawn care providers and yard work professionals, GreenPal is a great platform to find good-paying local jobs, meet customers and build meaningful and (hopefully) long-lasting relationships, grow their lawn and yard care businesses, and earn an income, whether that’s money on the side or a fulltime income. Did you know that the average vendor (that’s what the lawn and yard care providers are called) on GreenPal earns $55 per hour, while the top vendors can rake in more than 100 thousand dollars a year?
Is GreenPal legit?
Yes, GreenPal is completely legitimate.
GreenPal is a Nashville-based company that was founded in April 2012 by Bryan Clayton, Gene Caballero, Zach Hendrix, and Ross Brooks. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and expanded its operations throughout the United States. In fact, GreenPal calls itself the USA’s No.1 ‘Lawn Care Near Me’ Service.
As of 2022, over 1.250 million clients have been served by participating GreenPal lawn business owners. There are currently nearly 12,000 lawn care services that are growing their businesses with GreenPal. To date, almost 90 million dollars have been earned by lawn care entrepreneurs and businesses using GreenPal.
GreenPal has a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating based on more than 500 thousand reviews on Trustpilot. The GreenPal app, meanwhile, has a 5-star rating on Google Play, and a 4.3 out of 5 stars rating on the App Store.
Who can join GreenPal?
GreenPal is currently only operating in the United States. So if you’re in the US, and you are a yard work professional or own a lawn maintenance and landscaping service, then you can definitely apply to join GreenPal.
However, apart from the location, there are other requirements you need to meet. GreenPal screens vendors to ensure that they have commercial landscaping equipment and references, and requires them to register with a valid social security number and bank account.
If you meet those requirements, then you can start applying on GreenPal and offering your services. Brian Clayton said that ‘many of our lawn care vendors are part-timers — some are firemen, some are teachers that use our app in the summer to make extra money; others are college students that work afternoons and weekends, and it is the perfect way for them to make extra money’.
What services can I offer on GreenPal?
GreenPal is first and foremost about lawn care, so you must know how to:
- Mow grass
- Edge curbs and beds
- Blow off clippings
Apart from those aforementioned services, you can also offer add-on yard work such as:
- Shrub pruning
- Tree trimming
- Weed removal
- Lawn aerating and overseeding
- Re-mulch/Pine straw beds
- Fall leaf removal
- Gutter cleaning
You can’t sell those additional services right away, however. Only after you mow your customer’s yard on your second visit will your GreenPal app ask you to quote those additional yard maintenance services. Then your custom landscaping maintenance quotes are emailed to your customer for approval. If your clients like any of the quotes they can add on the additional services that they want, or if they verbally give you the go-ahead for any additional work you can add that onto any mowing visit.
In recent years, in addition to lawnmowing and gardening, you can also offer snow removal services on GreenPal such as:
- Snow plowing
- Snow shoveling
- Snow blowing
- Salting and sanding driveways or sidewalks
How does GreenPal work?
The way GreenPal works is simple and straightforward, and can be summarized in a few steps. To start earning money as a lawn care professional on GreenPal, you have to:
1. Sign up. Download the GreenPal app and sign up. It’s free to join and create an account. But make you sure you build up a professional-looking profile. That includes uploading a professional picture of your face and a bio that tells customers about your business and why they should hire you. Your potential customers need to be reassured that they are hiring the best person for the job. Plus, it’s always a good idea to add high-quality pictures of your past lawn and yard jobs (if you have them) to make your profile more convincing.
2. Set up Stripe. Next, you have to set up your Stripe account and connect it to your GreenPal account so you can get paid for the work you perform through GreenPal. It’s Stripe that processes all transactions on GreenPal and deposits your funds into your bank account, ensuring you get paid within days and not weeks on the work you do. GreenPal does not handle your sensitive banking info.
3. Bid. Through the app, you’ll get a text message and email each time there is a new lawn in your service area. Click the link in the message and bid, bid, bid. Bid fast. Bid quick. Bid competitively. GreenPal homeowners tend to pick the first bid they get if it’s in their price range. So submit a bid as soon as you get the text message – it’s free to bid anyway.
Make sure you pay close attention to homeowners’ notes, details, and GreenPal’s platform date to best prepare your bid. Plus, your bid price to your potential customer on GreenPal must include basic mowing for grass under 10 inches tall, edging of all curbs and beds, and blowing off of clippings from all paved surface. What’s more, it turns out when you ‘add a note’ with a message with your bid, it drastically increases your odds of getting picked. Now the homeowners have up until their service date to pick someone.
When you win a lawn, you will get a text message letting you know if they picked you and it will appear in your service calendar. After they hire you, you’ll need to reach out to them personally to introduce yourself and firm up any service-related details. This is your customer, after all, so all service-related matters need to be confirmed with your client personally before you begin work.
4. Get to work. Show up on the appointed date, time, and place and do one hell of a job.
5. Take pics. Make sure that you take great pictures of your completed work. Not only do you need to upload those photos of the completed mowing to get payment sent right to your bank, you can also use them in your profile to build up a professional portfolio, showcase your handiwork, and set you apart from the competition.
6. Get paid. One all of that is done, take a look at the Completed tab on your appointments list to make sure it’s there. That will give you confirmation that you successfully completed your customers appointment. The appointment will stay in the Completed section until your customer’s card is billed 48 hours later and then after they pay you it moves out of the Completed section and will appear on your customer’s details page in the Paid section.
Meanwhile, your customer will get an email letting them know they have 48 hours to check over your work and, if they like, they can login and pay you right then (if they do nothing, the system will charge your client’s card on file automatically 48 hours later for you). What’s more, you’ll also get an email each time one of your customers pays you.
Now, if you’re new to Stripe and GreenPal, Stripe requires 5 businesses days after your customer’s card is billed to deposit funds into your bank. But as you complete more transactions through the payment system, you will build up trust as a merchant and the payments will flow quicker down to 2 business days.
To speed up the process, you can actually reach out to your client after you complete the work and ask them if they are pleased with your lawn work and if they would log in and approve payment for your work. This little bit of follow up can shave 2 days off your payment processing time and, even better, it’s a great opportunity to ask your clients to leave you a nice review or ask them if they want ongoing service, which you can set up for them from the customer details page.
How much can I earn on GreenPal?
Brian Clayton states that the average vendor on GreenPal earns about $55 an hour, while the company’s website boasts that the top vendors earn over $100,000 a year.
However, you should know that how much you earn will depend on a lot of factors – how many services you are offering, how much you charge for each of them, how many customers you have, what neighborhoods you are operating in, the competition and price range in your area, etc.
You should also know that for every successful job you do, GreenPal charges you a small 5% fee (that’s how they keep the platform up and running), while Stripe charges you a 2.9% processing fee, and the rest is sent to your bank (after 5 business days for your first few transactions with GreenPal, and after 48 hours once you build up trust in the system).
Is GreenPal worth it?
Yes. Many people have found success through GreenPal, from people working part-time to supplement their incomes, such as students, to lawn care professionals who built their businesses from scratch and into money-making machines. So if you want to earn $55 an hour cutting grass and mowing lawns, why not give GreenPal a try?