Students ‘love thy neighbour’

Students ‘love thy neighbour’

The students from Neighbour Labour have been working hard around the capital to promote their landscaping business. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Two Wellington students have taken getting a part-time job into their own hands, starting their own labouring and landscaping business.

Victoria University students Hamish Chatterley and Locky Macintosh, both 20, started ‘Neighbour Labour’ early last year as a means of helping themselves and fellow students get work whilst at university.

Chatterley said they initially struggled with the stereotypes about student labour. “It was difficult as people associate students with low quality. Once the world of mouth got rolling we have been taken more seriously.”

Neighbour Labour does a variety of work around the Wellington area including landscaping, gardening and general labouring.

Both founders are business students, with Chatterley majoring in accounting and international business and Macintosh studying finance and economics.

Neither had any previous labouring experience apart from “helping their parents in the yard”. However, their hard work and commitment to quality has led to success.

“Our clients are almost always happy as we pride ourselves on being polite and getting the job done.”

Chatterley said a solid work ethic and a positive attitude had been the key to growing their business. “Initially, the business was slow but since then it has grown into a nice consistent work load.”

Neighbour Labour currently employs Wellington students and both Chatterley and Macintosh are hoping that number will continue to grow.

“Locky and I have aspirations to grow the company exponentially in the coming months in hopes that we can provide jobs for any student that needs the money

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