No need to sweat when you’re looking for an electrician, builder or a plumber, there’s a trustworthy platform made especially to suit your needs and to make the process convenient for you!
Finding a skilled and professional service provider is as easy as 3 steps, thanks to South Africa’s IDWork, a web based platform for utilising and reviewing tradesmen for construction needs.
Users get to choose a preferred service provider, design and manage home improvement projects. Homeowners can select and contract a service provider, and manage the project using a WhatsApp group. Once the project is completed, they can then leave a review of the service provider.
All the service providers are subject to a background check, where every detail is gathered.
Each of them gets recommended to the IDWork team, either by a homeowner, or by one of their trusted service providers. The team then uses an identity verification service, ThisIsMe, to verify identities, addresses and bank accounts. Reference checks are also done and the founders also spend time meeting with service providers to ensure that they meet the standard.
If you’re still having doubts about the potential of this startup, maybe this will convince you! They were also crowned the overall winner of the South African leg of the Seedstars World competition. IDWork will go on to represent SA in the SeedStars World finale in Switzerland in March 2017, where it will stand a chance of winning a US$500 000 equity prize.
“I became an entrepreneur mostly because I felt there was a difference I could make, I wanted to learn and also make an impact, and also do stuff that I really enjoyed with my co-founders. I also thought that entrepreneurship through the use of technology was the way to do it,” writes CEO of IDWork, Sayo Folawiyo.
This is a platform that not only provides homeowners with a database of trusted sources, but it also gives service providers such as plumbers, carpenters and builders an opportunity to showcase their skills and to reach out to more people. It makes it easier for them to find work and make their services known.
If you use external service providers and know of anyone who deserves to be recognised for their good work, you can nominate them to be promoted on the IDWork website- that’s if you’re around Gauteng!