‘Tin­der for tradies’ ready to help work­ers con­nect

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

A brand new busi­ness help­ing tradies find each other has sprung up in Porirua.

Fiona Buchet said trades­peo­ple of­ten found it dif­fi­cult to net­work with each other when they worked in small, ever chang­ing teams.

‘‘Our new web­site is just a way for them to meet up and get to­gether, we de­scribe it as Tin­der for tradies.’’

Buchet and her hus­band Louis, along with friends Gor­don and Kirsten Mar­shall, have started Skil­lShare, a net­work­ing web­site to help trades­peo­ple help each other.

‘‘It’s a mar­ket place for peo­ple to con­nect. Many trades­peo­ple work on their own, their work­place is the job site and their of­fice is their notebook in their van.’’

She said the web­site was a mod­ern and sim­ple way for trades­peo­ple to com­mu­ni­cate and help each other out.

‘‘It’s for the times like, when a tradie has work can­celled at the last minute and he has a team of peo­ple ready to work.

‘‘You feel this re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep your team work­ing and that can be shared on the web­site.’’

Buchet said her hus­band, a mas­ter painter, had the idea.

‘‘So of­ten, it’s all about who you know but it can be hard to get to know other peo­ple, which is where the web­site comes in.’’

Still in the early stages, mem­ber­ship to the list­ing-based web­site was free al­though that would change as it grew in pop­u­lar­ity.

‘‘We want ev­ery sin­gle trades­per­son in New Zealand, we’re pas­sion­ate about chang­ing the way peo­ple do busi­ness.’’

She said it wasn’t just tradies who would ben­e­fit from the web­site and cus­tomers would get a bet­ter job done as trades­peo­ple worked to­gether.

Mas­ter Builders chief ex­ec­u­tive David Kelly said any­thing that helped trades­peo­ple net- work was pos­i­tive, but con­sumers should al­ways do their home­work when it came to hir­ing.

‘‘Most of­ten your home is your great­est as­set so it’s im­por­tant to choose the right peo­ple to work on it,’’ he said.

‘‘Check ref­er­ences, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and make sure they be­long to an in­dus­try group so if things go wrong you have re­course.

‘‘It’s a hot mar­ket with a lot of new peo­ple com­ing in and home­own­ers need to make sure they’re em­ploy­ing the right trades­peo­ple.’’

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A Porirua busi­ness is aimed at help­ing tradies help each other.

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