I remember when I was a kid, my parents used to plan a day out exclusively for shopping. It would usually be a Sunday when both of them could take time out to visit the market and shop. And, shopping in those days was a time-consuming and tiring task. As the years passed, and as e-commerce took over traditional shopping methods phenomenally, the way they shop now has changed so much. Now they don’t plan a Sunday out for shopping. They sit comfortably at home, order things online and wait for them to arrive at their doorstep.
With so much ease in shopping, so many options and price ranges to choose from, and convenient return policies, online shopping has become the most favorite shopping method for all generations today. And I don’t see a reason it should not be so popular. As much as purchasing things online is a trend nowadays, there has been a change in the way people hire services too. There are thousands of freelance professionals from various fields who can be hired online as and when you require.
I’ll tell you how I first hired a professional online. So, when I shifted to Pune alone for work, I needed a painter to paint my new apartment. And since I was new to the city, I hardly knew anyone there. The best option seemed to be the internet. And, to my surprise, as I started to search for painters around me, I was left with so many online service portals to select from. It was easy. I just had to pick one painter who suited my budget, and give them my contact details. Everything else was taken care by them.
And, since then, I have been hiring many other professionals online. And you know what I like the most about hiring professionals online? It’s the convenience. If there’s a service that you’re looking for, say a plumber, photographer, DJ, wedding planner, home tutor, language trainer, or what so ever, just visit the website. They will give you a range of freelancers to choose from. The professional will come to your doorstep and you only pay after the service is delivered.
People have become so busy in their lives that they look for easier and quicker alternatives to take care of their needs. And this has resulted in the success of online service portals and they are making really good business. There are so many online marketplaces that offer thousands of trusted professionals to take care of all your lifestyle service needs.
In the past few years, there have been many startups which have ventured in this business and bloomed well. One of them is the French startup, StarOfService, which has hit the world market in just a few years of its incorporation. They want to make online marketplaces accessible to the entire world. The company has become very popular in over 80 countries now and aims to spread its wings as far as it can.
Before launching in India, StarOfService had served over 2 million customers in several countries like France, Italy, UK, Australia, Poland, Germany, Spain, Canada, and Brazil. In merely a few years of existence, the company has been able beat some of their bigger peers in these countries.
As much as these online marketplaces are beneficial for the public, given the convenience in hiring professionals and getting things done without much effort, it has also equally benefited professionals with increased employment opportunities. Now that online services marketplaces are becoming so widespread, I see thousands of professionals from hundreds of fields getting engaged and growing their income through such platforms.
One thing that I feel has made e-commerce websites and online marketplaces so loved and preferred is the trust and confidence that they’ve been able to foster over time among people worldwide. Providing easy, convenient shopping methods isn’t just enough. People will always have doubts and getting rid of traditional practices isn’t so easy. However, the way these online portals have delivered quality, value and loyalty to their customers is credible.
About the Author
Shweta Sarma is a scribbler at CEO Hangout. She blogs about everything related to productivity and business.