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  • Writer's pictureEmmanuel M

Sole traders: avoid losing money with this app.

Being a sole trader is a great way for Aussie tradesmen to work. You run your own business, you get generous tax breaks, and you choose your own hourly rate. But a lot of self-employed tradies end up trying to do everything themselves, and that’s not good for business.

It can be tricky to manage the workflow of an independent trades business. You know how it goes: sometimes there’s not much coming in, and then a bunch of new jobs will land all at the same time, and suddenly you can’t keep up.

Busy is good, but...

Ironically, being too busy can actually cost your business money. We all want to be busy, but if you’re working alone, there’s a limit to how many jobs you can take on. There are only so many hours in the day. If you run out of time and have to start turning down jobs, you’re missing out on valuable new client relationships that could be worth thousands of dollars in the future. Even if you say yes to every new job coming in, you’re going to have long delays before you can get to them and that’s going to mean unhappy customers: not a good situation.

Missing out on new opportunities and long delays on jobs will damage your future earning potential. You want your business to grow, but if you try to do everything yourself, there’s always a limit to your future profits.

Extra hands = business growth.

At some point, every successful tradesman needs to hire sub-contractors or offsiders. It makes good economic sense: their time costs less than yours, so your profit margin is better, and you’ll get jobs finished faster, meaning your customers will be happy.

It’s great to have an offsider or labourer to help you out, but you don’t really want to be paying them full time. There’s always going to be slow weeks, so ideally, you just want to have an extra pair of hands on the job when you need them. The catch is, if labourers are any good, they tend to be busy, just like you are, so half the time when you call them up, they’ve got something else on.

So what’s the solution? Luckily, you don’t have to just rely on your mates any more when you need an offsider. It’s 2020, so there’s a phone app for hiring casual labourers.

Offsida: a better way to hire extra hands.

Offsida is the app for casual labour hire that’s made specifically for Aussie tradies and builders. You can use the app to quickly find labourers to help you out, whether it’s for a couple of days or just a few hours.

The app is super easy to use: just enter the address and start time of the job, and you’ll get a list of local labourers who are ready to work for you. Labourers on Offsida get ratings from other employers, too, so you can see how good they are before you hire them.

Using Offsida is 100% free. The only money you spend goes directly to the workers you hire, and there are no sneaky hidden costs.

If you’re a busy tradie who wants to make their business grow faster, Offsida is the perfect solution.

  • Get help when you need it and stop missing out on new opportunities.

  • Make your business more profitable by delegating low-skilled work to a labourer.

  • Manage your time better and avoid burn-out.

Offsida is the fastest, simplest way to hire building labourers. The app's available all over Australia, and you can get it for free on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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