Yardzen is a rapidly-growing landscape design business that is now recruiting remote freelance designers to work on a contract basis
Expected pay: $15,000 – $20,000 (est. for three months)
Commissions & fees: NA
Requirements: Experience; knowledge of 3D landscape design software; interview and screening process
Yardzen is a rapidly-growing landscape design firm that has recently opted to fuel it’s growth with remote designers. Freelance designers work under 3-month, renewable contracts. The site expects applicants to have previous design experience and be adept at designing with 3D software. Yardzen does not indicate how much designers are paid. However, Glassdoor estimates the range at around $75,000 annually.
Because this is a new initiative, at a relatively established company, most reviews of working for Yardzen don’t speak to the attractiveness of the site’s remote positions.
Employee — rather than contractor — reviews also indicate that the site is going through some growing pains. Recent reviews cite rapid hiring and some internal chaos. Some of the employee reviews may indicate the challenges that freelance designers could face here.
For instance, Yardzen’s pitch to freelancers includes the expectation that you’ll work for Yardzen at least 20 hours a week. The site also expects that you’re skilled at “time management and can easily switch from one task to the next.” Immediately after that, Yardzen emphasizes that designers must meet “challenging deadlines and juggle multiple projects at once.”
Among the more prevalent complaints from current employees that they’re overworked and underpaid.
Notably, too, landscape design is traditionally locally-focused. That’s because weather, zoning and terrain can all play an important role in good landscape design. And, where 3D mapping software may be able to provide accurate elevations, soil composition and local fire regulations could impact the type of flora and fauna advisable in any given area.