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How much time and money do tradespeople waste by not shopping online?

13th April 2022

How much time and money do tradespeople waste by not shopping online?

Whether it’s for new products, tools or accessories or the latest industry gadget, electricians spend a considerable chunk of their working lives shopping.

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Our latest research found that the average electrician shops for over two and a half hours every week, which adds up to at least 10 hours a month, and upwards of 125 hours a year – the equivalent of five whole days!

Time spent shopping is time spent not working, and over half (51%) of our survey respondents said that they resent having to step away from jobs for such a reason.

This isn’t surprising considering the amount of extra money they could possibly earn if they were able to use this time to serve clients or the extra hours they could claim back to be with their families or friends.

But just how much money are electricians potentially missing out on by shopping in-person at stores, instead of saving time and shopping online?

Using an average hourly rate of £47.50, we’ve done the calculations below. 

Cost of Shopping

But how do electricians compare to other tradespeople?

Besides carpenters, electricians spend longer shopping for work-related goods than any other trade professionals.

The average across all trades is around two hours and twenty minutes, but some spend as little as two hours.

These are the trades that spend the most and least amount of time shopping for their business:

 

Cost of Shopping

At ElectricalDirect, you can get free next day lightning quick delivery if you order online by 9pm*, so you don’t have to waste hours driving around and browsing in shops when you could be out working or spending time doing other things you enjoy.

We stock all things light and beautiful and have great brands to pick and fuse from at competitive trade prices, meaning you can spend more time relaxing and doing what you do best. Shop with us online and you’ll find that we’re quick off the spark every time.

 

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