5 Types of Images to Include in Your Bidvine Portfolio

Images are one of the best ways to entice a customer on the web. Unlike words, you can relay your message within seconds. On Bidvine, we’ve made it easy for you to upload as many portfolio images as you need, and here are some ideas on what those images could be. 1. A picture of you. — Customers identify better with a professional if …

How To Save Money on Your Business Expenses

Many business expenses may be free from tax but they’re still an outlay that can cut into your profits. We’ve asked around and found some great ways you could save money on your business expenses. Clock your mileage. — The tax you can claim back for fuel may only be a few pennies a mile but it soon adds up. Many business …

How to Make Your Customers Feel Special

We’re a nation that loves the convenience of modern technology but at the same time still yearns for the old days. We loved it when we’d be recognised as we entered a shop on the high street and our regular purchases were waiting. We loved being known by name and having a small chat about our days but as technology …

6 Signs That It’s Time to Invest into Marketing

Marketing is a word so often bandied about the internet that it seems unsuitable for a small business or sole trader. Unlike 10 years ago, marketing now means everything from advertising locally to spreading the word on social media. Most businesses need some form of marketing in order to raise awareness and to win work. Although you may have initially invested in …

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 ways to gain more work. Referrals can boost a business considerably while removing the need to constantly seek out new opportunities. With this in mind, …

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 …