If you've ever sat in front of your computer or smartphone and wondered how to find competent, local services then you are not alone! I have done this countless times over the years wondering how to find everything from plumbers to photographers.
The trouble is, you can often spend hours scouring the internet looking for a company local to you but still have to send out a whole bunch of emails enquiring about prices and hunting down links of companies which are local and not national and so on.
So when I was invited to review the new Bidvine service, I was intrigued. Bidvine claims to be 'the easiest way to find and hire local professionals to help accomplish your projects. From doing your chores to pursuing your passions, Bidvine makes hiring trusted local service professionals ridiculously simply.'
The website is very straightforward to use; you choose the service that you would like and enter your postcode. I chose Italian lessons as we are hoping to travel to Tuscany later in the year and it would certainly come in handy to have a few phrases up my sleeve!
Following the initial search I went through a series of questions, trying to narrow down my exact requirements. For the language lessons these were focused around my grasp of reading and writing, what I was hoping to achieve, how long I wanted the lessons to be and how often etc etc. These questions were detailed, which made me feel confident that I wouldn't be faced with sorting through bids from tutors who weren't able to meet my needs, something I thought would be very useful.
However, there was also the option to select 'not sure' so that if you didn't have an exact idea of what you wanted, that was okay too, you weren't forced to narrow down your selection.
Although I didn't submit my request (as providers are charged a small fee to bid for jobs), Bidvine suggests that the first bids should begin to come in within a couple of hours, from professionals ready to offer their services and that for most jobs there are a minimum of two professional responses. Of course this very much depends on the type of service you require and your location.
Once you have your response you can then move forward with contacting the providers who most closely matched your requirements and discussing things further, before you decide whether you want to go with a particular professional.
There are a whole range of services available through Bidvine, from language lessons to domestic cleaning, interior decorating to man with a van.
Bidvine have over 500 reviews on Trustpilot with an average score of 8.8 which definitely gives peace of mind that people have been using this service and finding it useful. It strikes me as the kind of service you would want if you were keen to employ the services of a local company but didn't know where to begin looking.
It's also a great tool for small, local businesses who perhaps can't compete with national companies when it comes to scoring highly on a search engine, but who are able to offer a more direct and personalised service by contacting clients directly instead. As a small business owner myself I fully understand how tricky this can be!
It is possible to access Bidvine online or through the app which can be downloaded onto tablet or smart phone.
Overall I was very impressed and I know that the next time I need a professional service, I've got somewhere to begin the search.
This is a collaborative post. Bidvine contacted me and asked me to trial and review their service. All thoughts and opinions are my own.