Recent research has found that tradespeople with websites could earn an extra twenty one jobs a year!

With society moving into a technological age the web is now replacing word of mouth recommendation as a basis for people to choose tradespeople. Therefore, those with their own website could earn an average of £16,590 extra each year, according to research. More than a third of tradespeople could also win jobs outside of their patch. 36% of those with a website are already obtaining jobs from clients with large budgets.

However, despite the rewards, according to research more than a third of tradespeople have not yet transferred over to the web. That is the equivalent of 334,600 trades men and women in the UK!

Research also displays though that this is due to “not knowing where to start.” This apparently prevents a quarter of tradespeople from making the switch. 10% also believe that it would be too expensive to set up.

Russell Haworth, the CEO of Nominet who run .uk domain and the company who conducted the study, warned of the financial implications it could have upon tradespeople.

“With more of us going online to look for trade services, many plumbers and painters might find themselves losing out on business when consumers need expert help in a hurry.”

So what do you think? Have you got your own website? Or are you happy with the old method of word of mouth promotion? Let us know in the comments below.