Times are tough in the home improvement industry, for homeowners this may mean living with last seasons wallpaper trend, but for tradesmen, it is their livelihood that is at stake. If you’re thinking about getting a home improvement project done, employ someone local: it’s a great way to support your local community and help local tradesmen grow their businesses.
Like many people, tradesmen are suffering due to the recession, Chris Lloyd was made redundant from his job as a carpenter, which pushed him to set up his own company. He got himself a website and handed out leaflets, but nowadays it takes more than a fancy website and a leaflet to build a business. As Chris was trying to set up his company he stumbled upon RatedPeople.com, by chance, when he was searching the internet. He decided to give RatedPeople.com a go. Within a few days he was out in his van quoting for work, and within a week he was working on one of the jobs he had found through the site.
After leaving school, Chris knew that he wanted to be a flooring tradesman, he began as an apprentice and after being made redundant he started his own business, Clic it Ltd, in June 2011. Chris says that, “being an apprentice was hard and not very much money, but it wasn’t about the money… I loved it and still do, even more so now as I’m my own boss”.
RatedPeople.com is a great way for tradesmen to grow their new or existing businesses; it’s hard for tradesmen to find work all year round, some trades are seasonal and sometimes it’s just hard to find those small jobs that keep them working 9-5 each day.
When tradesmen join the service they select the area they want to work in. Clic it Ltd are based in Gwent, South Wales, Chris is able to select the area he wants to work in so he doesn’t have to travel a far for jobs. Working closer to home is better for Chris, better for homeowners and better for the environment. We will only send Chris job leads for jobs within his designated area, which he can change at any time.
When tradesmen first join they tend to use RatedPeople.com for the majority of their work. Then, like Chris, when they have built a reputation for their business, they are often able to find a lot of their work through personal recommendations to customers family and friends. But, at times when these jobs are far between, tradesmen can fill their extra time with smaller jobs they have found on RatedPeople.com.
9mm Heritage Oak Laminate – one of the jobs Clic it Ltd’s recently completed
When we asked Chris what he thought made a good flooring tradesman he said that he thought they should be: “honest, reliable, friendly and most of all, always do a good job.” He is working hard to build his business, he told us that he is often having to work late into the evenings to get jobs done and make his customers happy. We checked out his ratings and it sounds like his hard work is paying off; he is a 5* flooring tradesman!
Flooring job in NP16
“Chris is a first class Carpenter that specialises in laying quality flooring at a reasonable price. I found him to be friendly and professional. When he quoted for the job he provided samples of flooring which helped me to decide on the type of floor and colour. He did an excellent job laying a laminate floor in the living room. He turned up on time and after the job he tidied up and took the old flooring with him. I would highly recommend him and will be using him again soon.”
Two more professionally finished flooring jobs completed by Clic it Ltd
Carpentry & joinery job in CF64
“Excellent! We would recommend Clic it Ltd 100%. Chris was professional from start to finish. Our flooring is flawless. The service from this company was brilliant and Chris and his team were friendly and very helpful. We will definitely be using again and will recommend to our family and friends.”
Chris goes the extra mile to make his customers happy, he sources all the material and deals with the suppliers, this can be a stressful element of a project if a supplier lets you down. By managing his jobs from start to finish Chris’s customers don’t have to worry about the stress and complexities of dealing with suppliers and sourcing their ideal flooring. He brings customers samples of flooring for them to choose from and doesn’t take any payment until the job is totally finished and the customer is happy.
Clic it is continuing to grow and Chris has recently signed up for a year’s membership. We are looking forward to working with him to help him grow his business even more.
To hire a trusted and local flooring tradesman like Chris post a job on Rated People in our Flooring Specialist category to receive quotes from recommended flooring tradesmen in your area.