Been making a complete change to the website looks and model. It made sense to really change it. The process is very simple:
1: Select tradesmen/man for the job
2: Fill out job details
3: Tradesmen can place a bit or decline (they would place a bid
4: You review bids and add to your shortlist who should come to visit for a final quote
5: Award job
6: Tradesman creates stage payment
7: Tradesman request their money after that section of the job is completed.
And once all stages are completed, tradesman marks job completed, view invoice...all is well.
Getting both client and tradesman to agree on this process was very difficult.
This website has two views for almost every web pages so this took me days/nights. Hoping to make changes to production by end of month.
Tradesman's bid view:
Client stage payment request view:
Tradesman's stage view:
Regarding the direct debit, I have decided to use Stripe. Yep, too much issues with the DD route.