Welcome to the 21st century. In today’s digital world, freelancers who are not listed on the Internet are in No Man's Land. The worst-case scenario? No one knows they exist, and that’s a horror story for independent service providers looking for quality jobs.
But let’s be real. Not everyone has the time and expense to develop, promote, and maintain their own website. Just thinking about hosting fees, content development, design, and SEO should be enough to send freelancers scurrying away from the thought of developing their own sites. So how do you survive in the online world’s cutthroat competition? Beepoly, an online platform that connects customers with motivated service providers, is an excellent substitute.
Beepoly is a tremendous way to grow your business, whether you’re looking for a full-time or part-time job. Just set up a profile, describe your skills and capabilities, and we’ll connect you with customers looking for service providers like you. If you’re interested in being a Beepoly service provider, we’ve got a couple of tips to help you get started so you can be on your A-game sooner than you know!
On the Internet, you won’t be meeting your customers face to face. Subtle gestures that display professionalism like a firm handshake, a well-tailored suit, or newly-polished shoes are impossible to relay. To compensate, you need a killer profile and a professional description. This is essential in letting your potential customers know that you’re a credible service provider.
Impressionable, specific, and comprehensive descriptions are what customers want to read through. When drafting your job description, it pays to be precise. Someone looking to have something done is likely to look for a specific task rather than a category. You’ll appear higher in search results and have lesser competition if you use words like “install electric outlet” rather than a drab and general “electrician”. Similarly, you could specify that you are a “business and casual wardrobe stylist” rather than just a “stylist.” This is the perfect opportunity to showcase any specializations you might have.
Veteran contractors know that the best way to slay the freelancing game is to only offer services that they’ve mastered and only take projects they’re 100% sure they can ace. Make sure your service is something people need, something you can do well, and something you can set a fixed price for.
Have you considered the time and transit cost of your job? Cover all your bases so you won’t be left dreading a job that’s not worth your time. Once you’ve done something for someone—and done it well—your customers will feel much more comfortable hiring you again.
This should go without saying, but when it comes to doing your job, do your best to shine. Treat every job like you have a personal stake in the outcome. As an independent provider, you’re responsible for everything, so do the job to the best of your abilities.
Neophytes in the freelance business must go the extra mile in pleasing their customers. Take time to answer their questions. Explain everything as you go and inform them of the process. If you make a brilliant first impression, they’ll be more likely to leave a good review or recommend you to their friends. This leads us to the next tip.
What people say about your service has massive influence, so don’t be afraid to ask for reviews and recommendations for a job well done. On the internet, social proof such as reviews and personalized recommendations are the single biggest driver of business. They can literally make or break your freelance career.
Somewhere along the way, even if you’ve covered all bases, killed it on the job, and stayed professional, you might still get negative reviews. Know that you can’t please everyone. This is natural in a freelance career. Don’t badmouth the people who leave them. Just concentrate on doing a great job and you’ll get far more good reviews than bad.
As a customer, looking for a credible service provider can be like walking on thin ice. Everyone can offer their services online regardless of qualification, so there is a rational fear of hiring someone whose skills are not up to par. Calm your customer’s fears and prove you mean business with these quick tips.
Putting your business online can be a tremendous experience. It will expose you and your work to more potential customers than any other form of promotion, but it takes work. If you’re willing to put in the work, there are massive rewards to reap.
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