If you need some work done around your home, or are planning to sell your home, or need financial advice do you know how to find a good local business? Of course, you could simply look in the local telephone directory and start making some phone calls, or you could ask your friends, family, or neighbours. However, another great resource is the local directories of tradesmen and other local businesses that you can find both in print, and on the Internet.
These directories are a valuable resource and will often list at least a few businesses in the same field. This gives you some options when choosing the best one for your particular needs. There are a couple of different types of local directories available, and it is important to understand their differences so that you can decide what the best local directories are for you.
User Generated Directories
Many business directory websites allow businesses and tradies to set up a profile, and then ask existing and previous customers to rate and review them. This can be a great way to find out information about a specific tradesman or other local business as reviews will often list price, work quality, ethics etc. If you find a business with many bad reviews, there is a good chance that you will not be happy with their work on the other hand, if you find one with many great reviews, write down their number and give them a call.
Paid Business Directory Listings
Some business directories look and act more like a telephone book and will have a large amount of different local businesses and tradesmen listed with few ratings and reviews, or none at all. In many cases, these directories are often those that charge for listings and will list any business if they pay the fee. These are not the best type of local business directory to use, as they do not ensure that the businesses listed are legitimate and many often turn out to be quite shady.
Invitation Only Directories
The best directories of local businesses for hire are those that spend a little time checking out the tradies and other local businesses before allowing them to be listed. Website such as those in the Tradebusters brands ensure that every business they list goes through a pre-screening process before they are invited to be included on the sites. This process comprises of checks for the appropriate business licences and insurance, years of experience, interviews with previous customers, and in some cases, interviews with representatives of the business.
Typically, this type of directory is the best way of finding a tradesman or other local business that is honest, ethical, reliable, competitively priced, and with a list of happy customers to offer recommendations.
At Tradebusters Connect we have selected a limited number of local businesses from many different fields in your area to be members of our directory service. We are sure one of them will be a good choice for you – have a look! Their contact details are available here on this website and you are free to contact them directly. Don’t forget to check out their special offers!