Young En­tre­pre­neur Cre­ates Web­site to As­sist Small Busi­ness Own­ers

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BUSINESS - By Nathan Jules

It is com­mon knowl­edge that Saint Lu­cia is home to a wide va­ri­ety of skilled in­di­vid­u­als, and small busi­nesses as well as school grad­u­ates will­ing and ready to give their all to em­ploy­ers in need of their skills and ser­vices. One of the most com­mon prob­lems they face is find­ing ways to get their name and skills out to the pub­lic so that po­ten­tial cus­tomers and em­ploy­ers can find them with­out hurt­ing their pock­ets. The 758 Lu­cian Trades Folk web­site of­fers just that to mem­bers.

As a young en­tre­pre­neur I un­der­stand the chal­lenges and have de­vel­oped a plat­form that young peo­ple can turn to, that lit­er­ally of­fers a cheaper way of let­ting work find its mem­bers. No more go­ing from place to place in or­der to spread the word about your­self or your busi­ness. No more print­ing count­less ap­pli­ca­tions, 99 per­cent of which yield no re­sults. No more strug­gling to make enough money for a ma­jor­ity of it to be spent on ad­ver­tis­ing, and, es­pe­cially, no more fall­ing vic­tim to peo­ple who come claim­ing to help but take more than they give.

The web­site func­tions as an on­line direc­tory for in­di­vid­u­als and busi­ness places so that any­one in need of their ser­vices can find them quickly. Em­ploy­ers would no longer be flooded with calls or ap­pli­ca­tions; they would now be able to look through the vast num­ber of mem­bers listed on the web­site, and con­tact per­sons who they be­lieve are a best fit for their va­cancy based on what is pro­vided on their page.

Ev­ery­day lo­cals can now have op­tions when they are in need of some­one to per­form tasks for them in­stead of be­ing charged high prices for work that can be done cheaper by some­one equally qual­i­fied.

One of the fea­tures of the Lu­cian Trades Folk web­site is the job pool. It helps em­ploy­ers who do not have time to look through the group mem­bers one by one, to post the tasks or va­can­cies for which they need work­ers. They would then be sent a short­list of in­di­vid­u­als who are in­ter­ested in per­form­ing those tasks or fill­ing those va­can­cies within the set bud­get or pay that the em­ployer has in­cluded.

In­di­vid­u­als in need of im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance are able to use a live chat fea­ture to con­tact the team be­hind the web­site, af­ter which they would be pro­vided with con­tact in­for­ma­tion of per­sons near them who are up to the task. For ex­am­ple, you are go­ing on a trip and get a flat tyre in an un­known area and don’t have a spare. Us­ing the live chat, the team can send you in­for­ma­tion of a tyre shop near­est the given lo­ca­tion, which could trans­port the tyre to you and you would pay the agreed price for the as­sis­tance. The web­site also has a sec­tion ded­i­cated to ex­cur­sions.

Our web­site re­ally aims to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for in­di­vid­u­als to cre­ate their own busi­nesses as well as gain skills to make a liv­ing in these dif­fi­cult times!

To find out more, email lu­ciantrades­folk758@gmail.com.

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