For a start you will not be in a hurry like the bricklayer is to get in so many in the day to make it worthwhile money wise. You are able to take your time and with a few tips you will be able to do a pretty good job. If I can give you the basics to get started you will be off. We are lucky here because the bricklayer is one of those trades where he needs very few tools. Not like the poor old carpenter who needs a truck to cart all his tools to the job. The bricklayer can almost tuck his few tools under one arm and have all he needs for the days work.
First thing of course is the bricklayers trowel. This is the diamond shaped trowel on a wood handle and comes in a fairy standard size so you can’t go wrong. You will need a couple of good nylon string lines. Get the best ones so you can stretch them really tight without them breaking. If you are not careful on a windy day with your string line too slack you will end up with a curve in your brick wall to the prevailing wind. Depending on the finish you want with your mortar you will need a little tool to shape the mortar joint at the end of the day. You also will need a level and a few line blocks. If these are not available they are easy to make. Your line block can be cut out of a small piece of lumber about 3″ long and 2″ wide and deep. Cut the long side at the half way mark down half way and take this piece out. You now have a piece of lumber in an L shape. Run the saw through the other half, half way so the line can pass through.
On each corner of your brick wall stand a straight piece of 2″x 4″ with one corner at the corner of the brick. These are marked for each row of bricks and your line block will sit behind this piece and hold the line exactly where the brick is to be. Once you have all the lines set up round your job you can easily place the bricks in a dead straight line. Make sure they are level and an even distance apart. For this of course you are going to need your mortar.