Work Leads Sites Painters and decorators

Updated May 3, 2024 | Posted Feb 13, 2019 | Professional insight, Business | 4 comments

I know this is a long one, but I feel I need to get something off my chest. I’m absolutely sick of work leads sites for painters and decorators.

As you all know, this game isn’t as easy as non-painters think it is. We are all constantly on the lookout for work from all avenues & walks of life. We run around supplying materials, pricing jobs up & delivering a service to the best of our capabilities. Then there are all the costs involved win running a decorating business.

There are multitudes of ways to find & get work, IE, word of mouth, emails, your website, leaflets, business cards, phone calls, advertising etc etc etc.

We also have job search engines such as MyBuilder, Myjobquote, Bidvine, Quotatis, Plentific, Checkatrade and Rated People.

I have been on them all!!

They are nothing but rip off merchants, out purely & simply after our hard-earned money.


Rated People got lambasted by SCREWFIX for robbing people. They also stole £500 quid out of my brothers account which is currently pending.

Quotatis want £40 quid up front for 5/10 job leads where other work leads sites for decorators don’t charge upfront.

I have spent fortunes on all these sites, but I only get a job now & then.

You even get charged if the client gives you a notification whether you get the job or not.

For example, if 5 people go for a job & the fee per lead is £12, that’s £60 quid the site will earn from these 5 tradespeople. And there’s only one potential job, which you need to quote for against 4 other people.

These agents who work for these job sites need meet targets. That’s all it is

Plentiful are currently doing a February deal where every job is just (1 Credit) £1 & I have 7 credits on Plentiful at the moment, but I am yet to receive any painting job links.

I believe along with many others that these sites are putting up fake job links to get access to your money.

The fact of the matter is, each work leads site is a business in a very competitive market. For them to remain profitable, they need to make as much money as they can without offering an awful lot in return. I’m not saying avoid them all, but just be conscious of how much you’re spending, what you’re getting in return and how much time you’re wasting on duff leads.

Blog written by Mark Richards – Professional Painter and Decorator

Updated May 3, 2024 | Posted Feb 13, 2019 | 4 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.


  1. Richard Ryan

    What does this article tell anybody? Get yourself some better authors.

    • Mike Cupit

      fancy a crack Richard?

  2. Stewart

    I am looking for a decorator in the Farnham area

  3. Stewart

    I require a decorator in Farnham


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