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How to become a plumber

Are you interested in becoming a plumber? While a rewarding career, it is important to understand that plumbing calls for a dedication to lifelong learning. Here we address the different routes that you can take to becoming a professional plumber and how you can continue to develop your skills in the long term. To become…

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5 tips for increasing your cashflow quickly

For trade businesses, having a steady stream of work and the cashflow to support it don’t always go hand in hand. From balancing the cost of materials upfront to issuing consistent payment to employees, there is a lot to consider when running a trade business, so when cash isn’t readily available, operations suffer. The good…

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Plumber

How to become a plumber

Are you interested in becoming a plumber? While a rewarding career, it is important to understand that plumbing calls for a dedication to lifelong learning. Here we address the different routes that you can take to becoming a professional plumber and how you can continue to develop your skills in the long term. To become...

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Trade

5 tips for increasing your cashflow quickly

For trade businesses, having a steady stream of work and the cashflow to support it don’t always go hand in hand. From balancing the cost of materials upfront to issuing consistent payment to employees, there is a lot to consider when running a trade business, so when cash isn’t readily available, operations suffer. The good...

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Trade News

10 Tips for Cheaper Business Energy

With energy prices on the rise, businesses are seeking out the best energy deals to mitigate the effects of recent energy price hikes. There are two main elements to your business energy bill – your consumption data and your energy contract rates. Reducing your energy costs means looking for reductions in both. Sourcing the best...

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Avoid Rouge Roofers

Roofing

Rogue Roofers Identified as Blight on ‘Under-Appreciated’ Trade

Roofers most under appropriated trade, work 7-day weeks yet still enjoy the job. Electricians most appreciated trade. 7 out of 10 Roofers have had to rectify a rouge roofers shoddy job in the last 12 months alone. A nationwide research survey of roofers revealed that ‘weeding out’ rogue roofers is the most pressing issue for...

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Software solutions to save time with

Trade

Save time with tech

For Tradespeople, having a hands-on job means we have little time to keep pace with day-to-day business administration tasks, let alone the latest tech tools. But in reality, taking the time to learn a select few could be key for saving time, cost and resources, enabling you to focus on what really matters: growing your...

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suspicious email

Trade

Suspicious emails and calls – how to spot and stop them

A number of members have contacted us to report suspicious emails and calls claiming to be Checkatrade. SUSPICIOUS EMAILS We want to work with you to help you stay safe online – particularly how to spot scams and suspicious emails. Here are two of the most recent examples of suspicious emails that our members have...

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Jobman Work Trousers

Trade

Checkatrade workwear – work trousers: review and giveaway

Call me old school – but I’ve always turned up to job sites or client’s homes looking smart and presentable. Creating the right impression when pricing and doing the work, can help in winning new jobs. So, to me, investing in quality workwear is no different to investing in decent tools or, in fact, the...

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Trade

Professional Builder Live 2019

The Checkatrade team are excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at Professional Builder Live events in 2019. Please come along and meet our experts. All visitors are welcome and we will be ready to answer any of your questions. Alexandra Palace, London 30-31 January 2019, 10am – 4pm EventCity, Manchester 14 – 15 March 2019, 10am...

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winning the job

Trade

You know you can do the job, but how do you WIN the job?

Checkatrade receives over 1.4 Million visits from customers looking for trades just like you, each and every month. For us Members, the biggest frustration doesn’t lie in the number of customers looking for trades, but rather how to successfully convert these customer leads into sales, particularly when you know you and your team can excel...

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Trade

Five top tips to save money as a small business

There is a constant need to stay focussed on cost reduction that small business owners know only too well. The old saying of look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves has never been truer. The biggest constraint on small business owners is time, so to help we’ve pulled together five top...

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