What Are Some Best Practices/Tips For A Great Profile?
Check in and update your availability and work areas regularly (ex. Every week) to make sure they are accurate and that you would be able to accept every direct booking that is requested of you.
Add and update photos to your gallery and your banner image. Customers love to see an in-depth and visual profile.
If you acquire new tools, experience or education, make sure to add these to your profile description or service description.
Selecting the best rates for direct bookings: start with your expected hourly wage, add a dollar or two for supplies, a dollar or two for travel expense, divide by 0.75 to adjust for the zenGOT commission. This will be the rate that you can put for your service.
[expected hourly wage] + [estimated supplies expenses/hr] + [travel expenses/hr] / 0.75 = Service Rate
- Not sure what a good wage to start with is? $18/hr is a competitive option - if you determine you require more or less, you will want to add more to your profile and service descriptions so customers understand your decision
- Not sure how much you spend on supplies? Start with $0 to $2 depending on the service you are providing. For example: a cleaner uses a lot of supplies whereas an organizer may expense the customer their supplies on each service so their supplies stock is not as high (to find out if you can expense a customer for reimbursement for supplies click here). You should be collecting supplies expense receipts for tax purposes (click here to learn more about taxes), so to calculate an exact figure for supplies expenses, note the total amount you spent in a week/month and divide by the total number of hours you worked. This is your supplies expense per hour.
- Not sure how much you spend on travel? Start with $1 to $2 depending on your mode of transport and if you require transport during your service. You should be collecting travel expense receipts for tax purposes (click here to learn more about taxes), so to calculate your travel expenses, note the total amount you spent in a week or month and divide by the total number of hours you worked. This is your travel expense per hour.
- Why divide by 0.75? This adjusts your hourly rate for the zenGOT commission on your earnings. After the commission, you will be left with your travel expense/hr, supplies expense/hr and your determined earnings/hr.
Star zenGivers: Divide by 0.8 instead of 0.75. Because of your earned status, zenGOT takes a reduced commission from your earnings. Interested in becoming a star zenGiver? Click here.