I don't know about you, but when the weather is spring-like, I sometimes have trouble focusing on work. I want to go for long walks, listen to the birds chirping, watch the tulips push their way slowly but steadily into sight, and hear the squeals of delight from toddlers and little children enjoying themselves in the park.
That's what I want to do. What I actually do is control my desire to be outside, playing, and concentrate on work.
I use a few platforms to quote on projects. These days, my favorite platform is LInkedin ProFinder, a.k.a., LIPF, at least, for purposes of this post.
I like LIPF because it's well-priced, it's affiliated with a professional platform that people trust, it offers the information about the potential client that I need, and it notifies me when a new project is available. I receive, approximately, 80 projects a month to quote on for a fee of $65.31/month, including tax. I quote on almost all of the projects that I receive. As I am, typically, competing against 4 other service providers, on this platform, my chances of being hired are only 20%, but my chances, to date, are no better on any other platform that I use to quote on projects.
So far, I've observed that, as a group, the clients who have hired me from LIPF have been a bit nicer than the clients with whom I've worked from other platforms, but I wouldn't read too much into this as, to date, I've worked with more clients from another platform. My experience has been pretty similar with the two platforms that I use most frequently in terms of the number of projects for which I'm hired. The major difference is that I spent a small fortune, last year, quoting on projects on the other platform. A service provider who provides a very useful service has a lot of competition and my experience has been that you have to quote on a lot of projects to be hired, even if you write a good note and your fee is competitive.
At first, I was both surprised and disappointed by the ROI that I was experiencing, more on the other platform than on LIPF, but I eventually came to realize that despite the fact that my credentials and experience for the primary service that I provide are stellar, possibly superior to those of my competitors, some potential clients might be intimidated by that and others might have a habit of considering price over quality when hiring service providers. My fee is mid-range: I purposely price my services to be fair to my clients and to myself. When a potential client is looking for an experienced and well-trained person in my field of expertise and understands how important a high-quality resume is to a search for a new position, he or she is more likely to hire me. I, also, factor into the equation the fact that not everyone makes good or smart hiring decisions. Finally, based on my informal market research on the other platform with which I have a lot of experience, there are other service providers in my field who make outrageous promises, something that I categorically refuse to do as I'm honest and sincere in my approach to business and, in fact, in my approach to everything.
Long story a little shorter, if you only have a finite amount of time and/or money to quote on projects or if you would rather concentrate on one platform, Linkedin ProFinder is the platform for you as you'll get "more bang for your buck" and for the other reasons that I indicated previously in this post.