Company Opens Labor-Sharing Web Site for Trade Contractors

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com





DENVER, Aug. 10
/PRNewswire/ —
Guildshare, LLC announced that its web site,
http://guildshare.com/, is now open for business. Guildshare.com enables
independent trade contractors to share tradesmen in an online exchange format.
After signing up, contractors can post the availability of their own tradesmen
so that others can search for and book them online. When they need help staffing
a job, contractors can also search for and book qualified, local tradesmen.

 

Guildshare’s director of
community development, Andy McCabe, who is himself an independent electrical
contractor, said of the new web site, “I think we are addressing a real need of
trade contractors. As an owner of an electrical contracting firm, I sometimes
spend hours on the phone either trying to find people to staff a job, or when
things slow down, to find work for my staff of electricians. Guildshare will
allow me to do the same thing without spending all of that time.”

 

Guildshare simplifies a common
practice among contractors in the construction trades. “With Guildshare, instead
of dealing with only three or four other contracting firms, contractors will be
able to access the entire pool of local tradesmen,” said Mr. McCabe.

 

A key feature of the new offering
allows contractors to rate both tradesmen and each other based upon performance
on completed bookings. Ratings are then displayed in search results so
contractors can make a reasonable judgment based on others’ experience.

 

Guildshare.com offers a free
membership that allows contractors to post their tradesmen online, but requires
contractors to select a paid membership plan in order to confirm a booking or to
book other contractors’ tradesmen. The site uses a credits system where the
lending contractor pays a credit for each confirmed booking. Each membership
plan includes a number of credits with additional credits available for purchase
as needed.

 

“We are excited to bring a new
choice to the independent trade contracting community for locating qualified
resources,” said James Thomson, the company’s CEO. “We have received very
positive feedback from our focus group of independent contractors and anticipate
healthy growth as we continue to promote the service.”

 

The company initiated its
marketing efforts with a direct mail campaign within Colorado, its pilot
market. It is also developing online and offline partnerships and is heavily
emphasizing member referrals by offering reward incentives to members that refer
other contractors.

 

For more information, visit http://www.guildshare.com/.

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