A new local tool can help you find people to fix your leaky faucet or watch your kids. You've heard of sites like Angie's List and Home Magic. Both require either the job poster or contractor to pay a fee, but, two metro men launched a way to help you find the best person for the job, and it doesn't cost you a dime.
Andy Bennet says he's ready for anything. "We do everything from the foundation up, lawn care, snow removal, easy fixes." And, Handy Andy says he is always looking for more work for his business. "A lot of it is word of mouth, it has been. The other part is generated through lead services, which I have to pay for."
That's why he was excited to find a friend's post on Facebook. He says, "Nathan Gibson had posted a job for, I think to replace a front screen door." Bennet bid on the job through a new website called, Bid on My Job. It turns out, Nathan Gibson started the site with another friend Derrick Hans.
Gibson explains, "Bid on My Job is basically a website where consumers who want a job on their house or their lawn, or any type of small business can go out and post a job."
Gibson says people can then bid on the job. Consumers pick the best one for them based on customer reviews and the contractor's qualifications. You'll find everything on the site from contractors, mechanics, lawn mowers and babysitters. Hans says, "I've got one guy who wants to put his inflatables on there. So we pretty much have anything and everything you want to do."
The service is free and the co-founders say it always will be free, but they do hope to make money on the site down the road. Gibson says, "Long term, we plan on making money similar like Facebook does with advertising on the side, as well as possible tiered service."
Gibson says they launched the site in December. So far, about 50 contractors and 30 consumers have signed up, and at least ten jobs have been completed. "Right now, we're just focused on getting people on the site and feedback how to make the site better."
Gibson says they're still working out the details, but plan on giving consumers some sort of reward every time they leave a review on the website.