Thursday, September 22, 2016

New app helps tradies find customers


A few weeks ago, I hired a local roofing contractor to do a small repair job. After the work was finished, I asked him how he got most of his jobs. While referrals from past customers was still his best marketing tool, he said many new customers are finding him the way I did - with an app.

I wasn’t surprised. App-based services like Home Advisor in the US and Hub Of Services in Australia are becoming more attractive to plumbers, carpenters, roofers and other service providers who want to connect with new customers.

Hub Of Services, an app that works for both service seekers and providers, was developed by a former landscaper who wanted an easy way to both find providers and get business leads without paying high fees or getting locked into a contract relationship.

With Hub Of Services, providers can create a simple page that lists their skills and specialties. Service categories include Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Gardeners, Labourers, Builders and other.

There’s no annual fee for providers, no cost per lead and no commission fee to pay or limit on the number of leads that are generated. Inquiries from service seekers go directly to the provider’s smartphone.

The app is free to download and trades people have 35 days to try the service for free. If they want to continue after the trial period, a subscription is $20 per month with free cancellation at any time.

You can get more details on how the service works for both seekers and sellers at the Hub Of Services website. The apps are available in the  iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. News about new providers joining the network is posted @HubOfServices on Twitter.


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