Local services marketplace, Oneflare, has hit a major milestone this week, signing its 50,000th business to the platform.
Last year, 25,000 Aussie businesses were registered with Oneflare, an online marketplace helping customers find and hire service professionals, like cleaners, builders, electricians, removalists, plumbers, renovators and more. Now there are over 50,000.
The fast-growing Aussie startup has now tripled its revenue since this time last year, and has had Aussie customers request over $50 million worth of jobs since Oneflare’s inception in 2011.
According to Oneflare data, 72% of businesses registering are from within 75km of the capital city of the state (i.e. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane). This trend indicates that businesses are looking for the upper hand in more occupied areas where there is greater competition.
Top ten categories of businesses registering on Oneflare:
- Bathroom Renovations
- Gas fitter
- Home Renovation
Commenting on the rapid growth of businesses signing up to the online marketplace, Marcus Lim, co-founder and CEO of Oneflare said, “The growth suggests that local service businesses are increasingly looking to online for more work opportunities.
“Businesses that use Oneflare get qualified job requests and can manage every job lead on the go, from smartphones and tablet devices. Oneflare even sends SMS messages when a new lead emerges, so there’s no reason to stay chained to a desk to get more work.
“We live in a world where finding what you want is only a click or swipe away. It’s clear that no business — irrespective of size — can afford to miss out on the immediacy afforded by the internet. It’s where the customers are, and where they expect to find the best service providers to hire.
“We’ve seen builders earn above $100k for just one job on Oneflare, so it could be what’s enticing this category of service providers.”
Gavin Webster from Eco-Friendly Builders, a business using Oneflare, says that the marketplace fits in with a builder’s schedule.
“I signed up with Oneflare over 2 years ago because at the time I was finding it hard to get enough work. I had spare time between other jobs that I wanted to fill, and Oneflare helped me do that. It’s good to be able to see job descriptions from clients on Oneflare, it helped estimate how long the job would take and if I could fit it in my schedule.”