How Squarefoot Tradesmen differs from Tradesmen International.
I can only speak from my perspective about the things that set our two companies apart. Of course being their competition, I have not actually retained their services. I welcome any first hand knowledge that others may have.
They are the “non-union” Union
I think the biggest difference between Tradesmen International and Sqrft Tradesmen is that their guys are always “contingent”, or temps. They and you, are bound by contract not to enter into any other type of relationship without (what I’ve heard) a substantial buyout fee. It’s kind of similar to leasing a car. You make your payments, but generally you don’t keep a leased car.
Let’s consider the person who wants to be a permanent temp vs the person who hopes to get hired on full-time. Not that there is anything wrong with being a permanent temp, maybe that guy is kind of a cowboy. A free spirit if you will. Most of the folks who work with Squarefoot Tradesmen are men (and women) who want nothing more than to be able to proudly represent your company and wear your colors.
Just to be clear, Sqrft Tradesmen will gladly provide a Temp. But our hidden agenda is to make you fall in love with that tradesmen so much that you call us and tell us that you’d like to have him on a contract-to-hire basis.
It is my understanding that our prices are pretty much the same. What I don’t understand is “why”. Their business model appears to me much better than mine for making money. At Sqrft we always lose our best guys to you, the client company. We encourage you to hire and keep them. At Tradesmen International they do whatever they can to retain them. They offer health insurance, vacation, and a contract that says that they cannot work for you. At Sqrft we spend a lot of resources recruiting new talent. Tradesmen International should theoretically be able to lower their prices because they don’t have that element.
Another difference is that Tradesmen International is, well… international. Squarefoot is only Western New York. It’s family owned and operated. Outside of Buffalo and Rochester, we are clearly the underdog. But here in your backyard we have to be that much more diligent to make sure you are always thrilled with our performance.
Most importantly, being local means that we have an advantage locally. We know the people. We have sixteen years focusing on Buffalo, Rochester, Jamestown and everywhere in between. Twenty seven years ago we began sowing the seeds that we have been harvesting over the last two decades. We’ve interviewed (in some capacity or another) close to 25,000 trades related job seekers since 1998. Not only do we make it our business to know the job seekers you might want to steer clear of, we also make it our business to know who is looking to upgrade their career.
Temp vs Full-Time
While Tradesmen international claims that they offer full-time work, it will always be as a temp on whatever job site you are on. At Squarefoot Tradesmen, more than 95% of successful job seekers find full-time work!