Localgrapher is an online platform that enables people looking for photographers in their local area to find the right help. It is also a great platform for people who know their way with a camera to make some extra cash.
Localgrapher is in the business of producing a win win situation for service providers and people who are in need for such photographic services. Sounds good so far, right? Well, not quite.
I’m not saying that there’s something wrong with Localgrapher. Instead, what I’m saying is that people jump in to any kind of service exchange platform without a clue regarding proper research and proper service offering analysis, chances are they are opening themselves up to getting ripped off.
Again, I’m not saying that people who list their services on Localgrapher are out to defraud people. I’m not making that claim. What I’m saying is that if you are a consumer of products or services, you have to have your wits about you. You have to know how to size up different offerings so you can make the right informed decision. This way, you minimize your chances of ever becoming a victim.
Unfortunately, a lot of people have become so sloppy with their online research skills that it’s anybody’s guess whether they will end up over a barrel financially speaking. This happens all the time. In fact, it happens to even the very best of us. I’m talking about otherwise highly intelligent people getting ripped off over and over again.
So how do you make sense of places like Localgrapher? How do you come out ahead? Very simple. Pay attention to what you really need and do targeted searches on the platform. Second, look at their portfolio. Pay attention to what they’ve done in the past. Third, focus on their skill sets. Look at their portfolio and whether they do a decent job of highlighting the skill sets that you are on the market for. This is how you make the right decision.
Unfortunately, a lot of people just focus on one thing and one thing alone and that’s why they get burned. What do they focus on? The price. Don’t do that on Localgrapher or any other skills matching platform. You will get ripped time and time again.
Believe me, the person ripping you off is not the service provider. It’s yourself because you just zeroed in on the price and disregarded everything else.
I wish I could tell you that this is an easy mental habit to overcome. But when you are in a rush to make a decision and you feel like you really don’t have much time to make a call, it’s every easy to cut corners and use shortcuts to arrive at a decision. This is where you scan and make all sorts of unreasonable assumptions. This is where you make yourself ripe for the taking. And no one else is to blame but little old you. Snap out of it. Be more deliberate. Be a little bit more systematic and methodical about your choice.