Job leads

carts1987

New Member
Hi just wondering if anyone has used any companies like trust a trader or rated people to get any work, and if they thought it was worth the cost for how much work you got from doing so, thanks
 

uni-king

Private Member
Hi just wondering if anyone has used any companies like trust a trader or rated people to get any work, and if they thought it was worth the cost for how much work you got from doing so, thanks
Try yell.com we was on it for 2 years and it cost us £1400 ish and was excellent but came off the paid advertising page couple years ago as just havnt got time now for little domestic work ull find there want it doing yestarday some people ring u up asking if you can start the day after there have phoned you..yell.com is a fixed monthly fee u don't buy leads
 

gps

Well-Known Member
It largely depends on how good your people skills are, knowledge of what you do and your ability to be able to sell.

As just buying a lead rocking up to someone's front door and acting like a caveman will not work.
 

Marshy

Private Member
I'm not a fan of this type of contacts. Being told what your going to get paid etc. I know it works for some and that's fine. Its defo not for me tho
 

uni-king

Private Member
I'm not a fan of this type of contacts. Being told what your going to get paid etc. I know it works for some and that's fine. Its defo not for me tho
I seen a lead on a website was sumat like all downstairs re-skimming plus hallway and landing..budget was £800 lol
 

Marshy

Private Member
I seen a lead on a website was sumat like all downstairs re-skimming plus hallway and landing..budget was £800 lol
Thats exactly my point its bad enough going into a job "blind" but to be told how much your getting paid for it !??? No f**k**g chance!!!
 

uni-king

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Thats exactly my point its bad enough going into a job "blind" but to be told how much your getting paid for it !??? No f**k**g chance!!!
We was thinking about going on about a year ago until I seen some of leads..there laughable some of them..
 

Marshy

Private Member
But there must be a flipside or it/they wouldnt exist? Its just not for me. I hate being told what to do as it is so my back would be up straight away.
 

uni-king

Private Member
But there must be a flipside or it/they wouldnt exist? Its just not for me. I hate being told what to do as it is so my back would be up straight away.
Me too that's y ive pretty much never had a boss,id last a week with a boss.if I was full time domestic id give them a go for a few months to see wat cum of them..
 

gps

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I'm not a fan of this type of contacts. Being told what your going to get paid etc. I know it works for some and that's fine. Its defo not for me tho


What are you talking about " being told what your going to get paid" you have clearly never used them
 

Marshy

Private Member
What are you talking about " being told what your going to get paid" you have clearly never used them
Damn right i havnt used them i stated that if you read the posts!!! Plenty on here have and some said you are told how much you can charge
 

gps

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Damn right i havnt used them i stated that if you read the posts!!! Plenty on here have and some said you are told how much you can charge


Well you have been misinformed my friend, it baffles me how you can slate something you have not used or have knowledge about
 
I have a small ad in a free book that goes around full of local trades shops and services etc. Its a bloody goldmine. Pays for itself after first 2 or 3 jobs normally (y)

I use to advertise in one of those for my area... yup worth every penny
 

Marshy

Private Member
Well you have been misinformed my friend, it baffles me how you can slate something you have not used or have knowledge about
There was a thread not all that long ago about this form of advertising and a good few of the well known lads on here had tried it wether it was trust an arsehole or check a numpty i cant remember which one but one of them according to those who had tried this stated you pay for a "lead" plus they dictate how much you can charge and at the time i posted saying similar to whst i have on this. Which is why im repeating myself (again)
That is why im slating it (again please try and read all my posts before you start) i also recall posting that there must be a flip side or this form of advertising or it wouldnt exist!!?? And that it works for some but its not for me!!
And for the record if i dont like the sound of/ look of anything? I will say so and not keep quiet about it. You think this form of advertising is great and works for you? Then good and crack on pal
 

gps

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Pmsl, it's as they say do not believe everything you read in the papers, I guarantee not one of these sites can or do stipulate how much you can charge, reason being they do not see any of the jobs so therefore have no idea what's involved, some have a range of "guide prices" that a customer can use for a budget but this is not a given.
 

Marshy

Private Member
Pmsl, it's as they say do not believe everything you read in the papers, I guarantee not one of these sites can or do stipulate how much you can charge, reason being they do not see any of the jobs so therefore have no idea what's involved, some have a range of "guide prices" that a customer can use for a budget but this is not a given.
As I say I'm only going off what was posted and a good part of it was very negative and as some were regular posters I had no reason not to believe them??
 

gps

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As I say I'm only going off what was posted and a good part of it was very negative and as some were regular posters I had no reason not to believe them??


Ok but the poster of this thread asked if anyone has used it though so your input is not needed anyway lol
 

bobski

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Need to straighten this out.

Rated people and my builder etc are 1 type - leads. You pay as you go for job leads. One of them (rated people) the customer I think puts a budget on there for what they would like to pay.

Which, checkatrade and trustatrader is an annual subscription £500 ish? Quite a bit more of a professional set up. And fully vetted - and in my opinion a different class tradesman.

ANYONE out of college, off a course, on the dole can do the top type. Not saying all are, but I've been called in many a time to sort out a rated or my builder jobbie.

You need to know the difference between them before tarring them ALL with the same brush.
 

flynnyman

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Pmsl, it's as they say do not believe everything you read in the papers, I guarantee not one of these sites can or do stipulate how much you can charge, reason being they do not see any of the jobs so therefore have no idea what's involved, some have a range of "guide prices" that a customer can use for a budget but this is not a given.
Does each job not have a price for the lead? Is this based on the price of the job ie skim a ceiling, budget £200 price for lead £5, loft conversion budget £35.000 lead £100? I've made figures up but they are charging for a lead based on the budget? I know when it started there was a basic but they got greedy.
 

gps

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Need to straighten this out.

Rated people and my builder etc are 1 type - leads. You pay as you go for job leads. One of them (rated people) the customer I think puts a budget on there for what they would like to pay.

Which, checkatrade and trustatrader is an annual subscription £500 ish? Quite a bit more of a professional set up. And fully vetted - and in my opinion a different class tradesman.

ANYONE out of college, off a course, on the dole can do the top type. Not saying all are, but I've been called in many a time to sort out a rated or my builder jobbie.

You need to know the difference between them before tarring them ALL with the same brush.


That really straightened it out lol, checkatrade and trusratrader are just a directory service really you pay an annual fee with zero guarantee of any leads, as for vetting it's exactly the same. Rated people are a joke in terms of cost now, mybuilder trusratrader and checkatrade customers all pick the tradesmen themselves they want to quote on the work so absolutely zero difference
 

gps

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Does each job not have a price for the lead? Is this based on the price of the job ie skim a ceiling, budget £200 price for lead £5, loft conversion budget £35.000 lead £100? I've made figures up but they are charging for a lead based on the budget? I know when it started there was a basic but they got greedy.


With rated people the customer has to put a budget which is scaled and lead fee is based on that, I've not used them nor for about 5 years as they have become stupidly expensive and I'm not sure how they survive to be honest.

Mybuilder no budget is put up, I cherry pick jobs on here and it can be very good, in my opinion the best of them all, based on cost and the fact it is the customer that picks you to quote in the first instance based on your feedback etc.

All this they tell you what you can charge and prices are knocked down to next to nothing is ridiculous made up nonsense.
 
Need to straighten this out.

Rated people and my builder etc are 1 type - leads. You pay as you go for job leads. One of them (rated people) the customer I think puts a budget on there for what they would like to pay.

Which, checkatrade and trustatrader is an annual subscription £500 ish? Quite a bit more of a professional set up. And fully vetted - and in my opinion a different class tradesman.

ANYONE out of college, off a course, on the dole can do the top type. Not saying all are, but I've been called in many a time to sort out a rated or my builder jobbie.

You need to know the difference between them before tarring them ALL with the same brush.

Exactly!!!
 

bobski

Well-Known Member
That really straightened it out lol, checkatrade and trusratrader are just a directory service really you pay an annual fee with zero guarantee of any leads, as for vetting it's exactly the same. Rated people are a joke in terms of cost now, mybuilder trusratrader and checkatrade customers all pick the tradesmen themselves they want to quote on the work so absolutely zero difference


Guarantee for leads?
That's my point.

More than directories though. When do yellow pages and Thompson local phone up your customers and get trading standards to check you out? And make sure your legit wit £5m or £10m cover?
 

gps

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Guarantee for leads?
That's my point.

More than directories though. When do yellow pages and Thompson local phone up your customers and get trading standards to check you out? And make sure your legit wit £5m or £10m cover?


What's your point ???

Mybuilder does check references and yes you need liability insurance which is checked and displayed on your page.

Anyone can have liability insurance it costs pennies are you saying just because you have this you are legit ???
 

bobski

Well-Known Member
What's your point ???

Mybuilder does check references and yes you need liability insurance which is checked and displayed on your page.

Anyone can have liability insurance it costs pennies are you saying just because you have this you are legit ???


My builder don't vet.
Any kid and wonky john gets on.

Trust me I've been over their work.

Plus I've heard nothing but complaints about s#it leads.
 

bobski

Well-Known Member
Like I say.

Different quality of tradesmen on each. Not just in plastering.

I've seen rated people electricians on jobs - come in and cut chases out no dust sheets lettalone dust extraction.

Furniture coated in thick dust.
 

gps

Well-Known Member
My builder don't vet.
Any kid and wonky john gets on.

Trust me I've been over their work.

Plus I've heard nothing but complaints about s#it leads.


You have heard lol well that must be gospel then. For a mybuilder lead to go live the customer has to reply to a phone call.

And do you think trusratrader or checkatrade are any different, come on anyone can have their mum dad brother cousin friend ( acting as customers) say they have had work done by anyone.

all it is is some kind of perceived snobbery thing because you are paying an upfront annual fee it somehow is better lol.

I'm not after changing your view on it, but will correct the misconception.
 
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