If you find yourself trying to figure out who to trust when you are looking to get a new service business contract you might find yourself very confused. From paid sites to fake accounts getting information that is correct and accurate can seem like a nightmare.
One of the first recommendations that I can make is social media. Many service industries have their own forums and groups on places like reddit that will allow you to ask actual consumers the questions that you have. These can be more reliable than blogs or reviews because of their live and open access nature.
If you still have not found what you are looking for it might be a good idea to check similar businesses in your area. Approaching your competition may seem like a bad idea, but it is unlikely they will want a bad supplier to gain market share. Checking with them will at least give you an idea of the popular companies in the area.
Word of mouth is one of the oldest tools available to us and it can still be very reliable. If you have a friend who knows someone in the business you are also likely to have a friend who knows of their work. Asking around within your circle of friends and acquaintances can get you much more info than you would have thought possible.
Finally sites like Yelp, Angies list, and many others all go off of consumer and business reviews. While it may be possible to get false reviews on these sites the top rated people are usually the best in your area for a reason. Checking into these resources to ensure your picks are correct can save your some headaches down the road.
In conclusion, the other consumers that are using the same products will be the best people to ask about a referral. The internet and resource sites will make your job much easier and a local touch will allow you more certainty.