Being a tradie can keep you busy, but only if you know how to find work. Your best chance to gain fantastic clients is to know where to look online. Read on for some tips on how to build your contacts list and keep those jobs rolling in.
Social media is a great way to get your experience out there to a wider audience. Advertising and promoting your skills through sites like Facebook and Instagram will give you a chance to show what you can do in the workplace. It’s also a place where people in need of tradie skills post jobs, especially in groups.
The goodwork app is also a brilliant tool to build your network. Not only is it made for building industry contacts, but there also aren’t any customers on it so it’s perfect for professional networking. It’s great for hearing about job opportunities, not to mention handy for when you might need some direction or advice from other tradies. And if you include links to your social media channels on your profile within the app, you’ll have even more chances to be first in line for any jobs that are available.
A few things to remember when uploading photos and posts, or answering queries in groups on social media is to keep everything as professional as possible. Or better still, start a separate page or account for your work. That way you can be sure to keep your personal posts away from any potential new clients.
Sites like Airtasker, Houzz and Gumtree can be useful to see what’s out there in terms of work, especially if you’re just starting out. They can also be great for finding small customer jobs here and there which may lead to referral work in the future. And linking your social media profiles can mean more chances to build your contact and client list, which means more chance of work.
It’s a great idea to upload as many images as possible when you can, as this shows new contacts what you can do. Be sure to include details of previous jobs and clients, as well as your availability and contact details.
Basically think of everything you upload as an online job interview and before you know it, your network of contacts will get bigger!