6th April 2011 – Europe’s largest online tradesman directory and review site, www.myhammer.co.uk is calling for more women to consider the trades as a career, as new research* suggests 56% of women would prefer to hire a female to do a job in the home if it were possible.
Rachel Wadey might just be the answer to their prayers. At 5ft 6″ and weighing 8st 4, this tiny former ballerina is now a trained cabinet maker and kitchen and bathroom fitter. As her three children were growing up Rachel (a stay at home Mum) decided to do an interior design course one day a week. Once she had discovered the design bug, she decided to see how far she could progress and trained to be a level 2, and then level 3 cabinet-maker.
However, despite finding work with a kitchen-fitting company, when the recession bit and she was made redundant, she found it difficult to strike out on her own due to enduring prejudice. A move to Harlow and the discovery of MyHammer was to transform Rachel’s fortunes.
“I was doing some fairly soul-destroying work, clearing up at the end of building projects, house clearing for estate agents and only doing proper jobs for friends. MyHammer changed all that. It gave me a platform to promote my work and for satisfied customers to reassure potential clients that I can do the job.
I am now a single parent and I can support my family. I am getting lots of work and even though I receive the odd surprised look when I turn up, my reputation precedes me. My mother is really proud and the kids love it when I show them the before and after photos of the work I’ve done.
I now do complete room fits and the mix of interior design flair and craftsmanship, together with MyHammer as my marketing tool, means that I am always busy”.
*Survey of 2000 women was undertaken by online research specialists OnePoll in March 2011.