I find it interesting too, that sellers aren’t actually writing offers. They choose a price, and then use the text box to tell that buyer how great they are, or how perfect they’ll do an order – with no presentation of an offer whatsoever. There’s no competition. They just expect buyers to hire them, and they’ll start getting rich any day now. That’s not how the BR section works. That’s not how it has ever worked.
The seller is supposed to write a carefully competitive offer, to provide the service that the buyer is asking for, and the listed price is an extension of that written offer. Almost every offer I’ve seen – with me, as buyer, have not given me anything that resembles an offer in any way. Needless-to-say, I didn’t hire any of those sellers.
I find myself doing well as a seller in the BR section, because I take a competitive approach, I respond directly to what the buyer is asking for, I explain how and why I am the best person for that job, and I fully explain the offer I am sending. The offer/price I send, is the offer at which I will do that work. Period. No deception, no changed prices later on. I make a promise, and I keep it.
I don’t know, maybe all those other sellers are actually trying to help me be the seller those buyers hire. Maybe they WANT me to win the BR requests. To be honest, they’re not doing a good job competing against me.
NOTE: This is a post of encouragement folks. Be competitive. Be strategic. Be helpful. Don’t make it so easy for me to win all the jobs I compete for in the buyer request section!