After my last post where the comments touched on a strategy for finding tradespeople, the events of today might interest someone. If not, the story is here for me to later marvel over my own brilliance
We have here a website called Airtasker (maybe you have similar). People post a job on Airtasker and then sort through the people who are applying to do the work. The website has developed over the years and it is probably a lot more sophisticated these days but that is the basic premise.
Today, I was thinking about buying second hand furniture and I wanted a plan ready in the event that none of my progeny were available to help out with transport.
I went to a local buy/sell group and asked if anyone could recommend a taxi truck or similar service. People said "Airtasker". Well, no, I was hoping to support a local business and not lose a percentage to a bloated monolith.
Pretty soon, I received a message "Hi Kylie, I can do that for you"
Well I was really on a fact finding mission more than wanting a specific job done so I replied
"I'm all sorted for now but for future reference, is this something you do normally?"
As it turns out, this guy has a van and does small pick up jobs as well as gardening to keep him busy while his wife works from home.
And, just like that, I had found someone willing to put their hand up for a small job, found out what kind of service he offers and found out he will work in my area.
I don't know if he's any good and maybe he's scanning facebook for work because he's not good but right now, I have a lead and I've probably managed to select for someone who is motivated, which is a great start.
How do you find people to do work for you?