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 …

Your Checklist For Pricing a Project

Quoting for work is never easy as a sole trader or small business owner. Even if you know you’re being reasonable, there’s always a little apprehension when sending a quote to a customer. In skilled trades such as plumbing, carpentry, and teaching, the professional will not always have sales experience, which leaves them at a slight disadvantage. While you may adore …

How to Create a Winning Business Profile

We’re proud to have you on Bidvine as it’s specialists like you that make up our community and allow us to offer your skills across the UK. We want to showcase what you can do while giving you the opportunity to secure more work in your local area. As we’re a new online platform, we understand that getting to grips with …