Following Up with Customers: 5 Tips on When and How

There’s an often-cited statistic in sales that customers need to interact three times with a brand or business before they make a purchase. If you are selling your services through a third-party website like Bidvine, although the interactions you have with the customer will be part of a bigger whole,  it’s still important to understand when and how should you follow …

Business Tasks To Do In The The Quiet Period

When working for yourself quiet times can seem very stressful. You inevitably wonder if there’s something that you are doing wrong, even if you’ve experienced lulls before. Unless there’s a significant reason for the quiet period, such as a dramatic increase in price or recent bad feedback, it’s best to use these times to regroup and to concentrate on areas of …

How to Compete with Corporate Services and Win

Twenty years ago it seemed impossible to compete with corporate services and win. This was their heyday as supermarkets took over the corner shops and grocers offering slashed prices local businesses could ill afford. Even now, the big discounts from big brands and service providers make it difficult for local businesses to compete but although it’s tricky, it’s certainly not …

How to Ensure You Receive Referrals from a Job Well Done

For sole traders and service providers referrals are worth more than any advertisement. Even though our technological age means there are countless promotional opportunities available, word of mouth is still one of the most effective way to gain more work. Referrals can boost a business considerably while removing the need to constantly seek out new opportunities. With this in mind, we …

Gift Your Talents for a Fun Frugal Holiday

No matter how much we save during the year, the festive season is always expensive. Whether hosting the day or visiting relatives there are many costs that are hard to budget for.  As a service professional you could use your skills to make the holidays a little more frugal but equally fun. Although your bank balance will notice the saving it’s unlikely …

Why Customers Don’t Choose the Cheapest Quote Every Time

Although every customer wants to save money, the cheapest quote is rarely chosen when deciding on a service provider. This is because people prefer value for money and understand that in the long run the cheapest quote may run quite expensive. In fact, we are such a suspicious bunch, that even if the cheapest quote does seem to offer the …

Use Reviews to Get More Customers

How To Get Positive Reviews On Bidvine it’s as easy as a click of a button. We’ll always remind your clients to leave feedback on your job but first you need to mark yourself as hired. To mark yourself as hired simply login, go to the Quotes page, open the request(s) that you won and click ‘mark as hired’ at the …

4 Examples of Well-Written Customer Quotes

Submitting a quote can be daunting. Are you charging too much or too little? Will the buyer recognise your skills? Will they just choose the cheapest quote? Research shows that the cheapest quote is not as popular as many believe, instead buyers look for integrity, information, feedback and quality of services. In addition to listing what to include in your quote …

Invoices: Boring Documents With Exciting Potential

This guest blog post is brought to you by Zervant, an online invoicing, time tracking, and accounting software trusted by 60,000 small businesses and sole traders. Running your own business can be challenging, but it’s certainly never dull. Unless, of course, you’re talking about invoices. So here at Zervant we’ve put together some advice on how to master the art of invoicing. Since we started our business …

How to Ensure You Always Receive Five Star Feedback

In all business, feedback is essential to repeat custom, new customer acquisition, and success. With a world of reviews at our fingertips now, people are relying on feedback more than ever before they hire a service professional or visit a business. We’ve put together some tips to ensure your feedback is always 5 star. Before You’re Hired – You should always make …