You need something done. Maybe it’s some work around the house or in the yard. Maybe you’re looking for a fitness trainer, yoga instructor, interior designer, or even someone to give you and your family a tour of the city when they visit next week.
Who do you go to?
You can do a quick internet search and go with the first company that checks out. It will probably work out just fine. Probably.
If you’re reading this, you know there’s another option. You can find an Independent Provider on Beepoly to do just about anything. Here’s why you should.
Companies generally have significant advertising and overhead costs. That Google search you did? The first few sites listed are likely bought and paid for. If you used something other than Google, they’re definitely bought and paid for. That advertising budget has to come from somewhere and unless there is an angel investor involved, that somewhere is your wallet.
If a business is big enough, it will have office space that needs to be paid for. Utilities. Taxes. It’s got to come from somewhere and the somewhere is probably your wallet.
Independent Providers in the other hand, are often working out of their homes, some of them part-time. They don’t have the kind of overhead a business has. Sure, they have utility bills, taxes, and so forth, but they’re probably paying for that with their day job so they don’t need to reach into your wallet just to stay in business.
When you become an Independent Provider, you very quickly learn that giving your customers more than they asked for is the only way to stay in business.
When people work for companies, there is a disconnect between the job that’s right in front of them and the paycheck they get for doing it. While we’d all like to think that we always give our employers our best effort, we also know that our best effort isn’t always the same. There are times when we do the bare minimum to get the job done. Maybe we are tired. Maybe we are thinking of the vacation we’re about to go on. Maybe a lot of things.
When you’re an Independent Provider, you can’t do that. You don’t get a regular paycheck. You get paid when you get the job is done so you want every client to be thrilled to pay you.
Independent Providers know that the single most important thing that brings in new customers is social proof. Reviews and referrals on sites like Beepoly are what keep businesses alive. Independent Providers know this fact in their bones. Employees don’t. The bottom line is simple. You’re more likely to get better service, faster responses to questions, more attention to detail, and a stronger commitment to quality from an Independent Provider than you are from a business.
When you hire an Independent Provider on Beepoly, you're supporting local. You know where they come from, and you can be sure they aren’t going to be shipping their profits out of state.
When you hire a faceless corporation, you have no idea what they’re going to do with the money you pay them. National or even regional corporations aren’t known for reinvesting in the communities they serve. If you care about your community and you like shopping locally so your money continues to circulate among local businesses, freelancers provide a guarantee that your money is going to a person with local ties rather than shipped out to a corporate headquarters somewhere unknown.
The world is a messy place and we don’t live on a 9 to 5 schedule. Sometimes we need things done at off-hours and on weekends. Independent Providers don’t have set hours. They don’t have corporate policies against doing things at different times.
They do have an urgent need to please customers, the net result of which is that if you need something that is slightly irregular, an Independent Provider might be up for it when a corporation isn’t.
Some Independent Providers may be open to a more flexible payment schedule. They have more leeway in everything they do simply because they don’t have corporate policies to abide by. They know that satisfying the customer is the first rule of any business, so if they can do something to make a customer happy, they’re going to try to do it.
If your project is creative, you’ll probably find that Independent Providers are more creative and will present you with more out-of-the-box ideas than people who work for a corporation. That’s because Independent Providers have neither corporate policies to adhere to nor a corporate approval committee. They’re simple people who have creative skills they’re willing to share and can be your thought partner.
There are any number of reasons you might decide to go with an Independent Provider rather than a corporate entity. We’ve presented some of them here, but there are far more than we could ever list. And remember, when you hire through Beepoly, our system of reviews and referrals can give you the confidence that you’re dealing with a person with integrity. We aim to ensure your experience is the best it can be.
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