Upon dialing that number, I was connected with Home Advisor! Not only that, but they spelled my business name wrong. Although it is clearly explained in their terms of service, this is not something they explained when I signed up. However, this issue can me mitigated by simply doing some cleanup work online.
I’m actively seeking these listings out and changing them to reflect my business’s correct information.
I did this in April of last year and was amazed at the results. I wouldn’t even THINK of signing up with Service Magic or any of those types of services.
You are better off posting a flyer in the kinds of stores you go to, which will lead you to the kind of people you will get along with.
Taken from the Home Advisor Website: “We changed our name to reflect our commitment to being the #1 resource for home improvement tips, advice and connections.” I have to admit, it’s a much better name and it will help them resonate with home owners.
Then came Google Local Business, a free listing based on my area.
This is the single most important factor to making HA work for you, even more so than having good reviews.
I’ve found that 9 times out of 10, if I call within minutes of receiving the lead, I get the business.
Whether or not they have a good reason to change their name, it still looks bad to those who have had a negative experience working with HA.
If you have been reading my monthly reports or have signed up for my newsletter, you probably know that I recommend using HA as a way to jump start your handyman business.
Some businesses are experiencing massive success with the service while others trash talk it to no end and describe it as a scam.