YouTube Star is a Top 3 Dream Career for the Next Generation

Do you remember being asked when you were little: ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ Oh, the endless possibilities! It’s interesting to think back how our career choices change as we age, isn’t it? Some of us face up to reality and have to become more realistic in our career aspirations while others actually pursue their …

New for Pros: BidMatch Feature Update

Since launching BidMatch, we’ve received a lot of great feedback from professionals. In particular, you’ve told us that you love the fact that you only pay when interested customers contact you and automatic bidding. You’ve also highlighted some things we could improve upon and today, we’re happy to announce two new features. Stay within your budget Previously, some professionals using BidMatch …

New for Pros: Insights on Your Weekly Activity

Bid Insights Last year we launched Bid Insights as the first piece in bringing radical transparency to service professionals like you who are using Bidvine to build their business. Since then, pros have been using Bid Insights to view details on each bid sent including how many other pros have contacted the customer, and how you compare to these pros …

Three-Quarters of Sole Traders Think Their Business Will Grow in 2018

We recently surveyed 2,000 sole traders in the UK, to find out what their outlook is for 2018, and we were pleasantly surprised! The results show that, despite British economic growth forecasts, more than three quarters think their business will grow in 2018. We also found that more than four-fifths of sole traders want to invest more in their business …

New Year’s Resolutions in 2018 Favour Mental Health Over Fitness

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Well, according to our latest survey, a third of the 1,500 people we spoke to want to focus on improving their mental health in 2018. This contrasts just one-fifth of the survey respondents who wanted to lose weight and focus on physical fitness. According to psychiatric studies conducted in the last few years, approximately …

Clueless About Christmas? Take Our Ultimate Christmas Quiz to Find Out!

It’s that time of year. Christmas lights line the streets, Christmas music can be heard in all the shops and everyone is out looking for gifts for their loved ones. It is truly a magical time of year. There’s delicious food to be had, Christmas movies to watch, gifts to share and time to spend with family and friends. No …

How Long Will You Have to Exercise to Burn Off Your Christmas Calories?

We recently teamed up with our nutritionists and personal trainers to reveal how many calories* are in the average Christmas dinner, traditional Christmas snacks, and drinks. Based on this we created a calorie calculator that shows you just how long you’ll need to exercise to burn off the food you eat on Christmas Day, using your favourite workout method. The …

Gender Pay Gap ‘Virtually Extinct’ Among Freelancers & The Self-Employed

New research has revealed that the gender pay gap is ‘virtually extinct’ among freelancers and self-employed workers in the UK. To coincide with Equal Pay Day 2017 (10th November), we’ve looked at our internal data over the last 12 months and seen a decrease in the ‘gender wage gap’ in key industries. Women competing for freelance or self-employed opportunities in …

Latest Wedding Trends Revealed: Budgets to Decrease in 2018

Have you ever wondered how weddings have changed over the last 10 years, and if our ‘traditions’ are actually just new trends? Well we’ve released research on how wedding trends have changed in the last decade. Surveying more than 2,000 of our photography, catering and entertainment wedding service providers, we’ve discovered that over the last ten years weddings have been …

Could You Get into Grammar School?

Following Theresa May’s idea of reintroducing more grammar schools, the future of Britain’s education system is still unknown. There are only 232 grammar schools in the UK out of roughly 3000 secondary schools, and competition for places each year is fierce with sometimes over 20 applicants for just one space. The entry exam includes questions on verbal reasoning, English and …