Mum's new website for traders
AN Ipswich mum has devised a revolutionary internet service which allows consumers to avoid wasting time and money chasing cowboy builders and rogue tradersKelly Sallows was fed-up of pursuing tradesmen to get work completed on her house so she set about creating a more efficient method.
AN Ipswich mum has devised a revolutionary internet service which allows consumers to avoid wasting time and money chasing cowboy builders and rogue traders
Kelly Sallows was fed-up of pursuing tradesmen to get work completed on her house so she set about creating a more efficient method.
The 37-year-old mum-of-two dreamt up ejobdone.co.uk which provides recession-hit consumers with a platform to find the right suppliers or service providers at the best possible price.
Customers simply post the job they need doing - however big or small - on the website for free and wait for service providers to bid for the work.
Launched five weeks ago and operating from a converted barn in Bramford, ejobdone.co.uk already boasts 28 sales agents nationwide, with 400 jobs posted, 2,500 consumers registered and 46,000 website visits.
Kelly said: “I was fed up having to make countless phone calls to different people to get work done on my house.
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“I'm a single mum with two children and chasing quotes takes up too much time. Sometimes it takes weeks to get somebody to commit to a job when really the tradesmen should be chasing me.
“Because of the downturn, people are working longer hours so they have less time to spend looking for traders and services.
“The best thing about ejobdone.co.uk is that it features all the services you need in life, from childcare to funeral services, from grass cutting to hair extensions.”
The initiative also ensures that smaller businesses can compete with the major firms on an even playing field.
Kelly said: “ejobdone.co.uk allows smaller, one-man firms to compete with the bigger companies and bid for jobs in their area.
“For less than the cost of a postcard in the shop window, service providers can register on the site and get their own webpage, a directory listing and bid for work.”
Service providers are given an ejobdone.co.uk rating, based on criteria such as public liability insurance and by customers on the jobs they have completed.
“The best traders get the best rating and get the best jobs,” said Kelly. “It's as simple as that.”
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