I recently came across an article in Inc. that mentioned LinkedIn recently launched a new service, seemingly right under our noses. While this service didn’t come with a lot of introduction noise, it did pack a major punch in the world of online marketing, entrepreneurship, and freelancing. Here are a few of the top things you need to know about LinkedIn ProFinder. Whether you’re a business owner searching for professional assistance, or a freelancer looking for ways to connect with potential clients, it’s essential you get familiar with this new way of handling business.
What Is LinkedIn ProFinder?
The name is really pretty self-explanatory. LinkedIn ProFinder is simply a way to buy and sell products and services through the LinkedIn network. It’s similar to sites like Fiverr and Up work, where business owners and freelancers have been connecting this way for years.
LinkedIn ProFinder Terms and Conditions
These are pretty much the standard terms and conditions you find anywhere on the web. They remind you that they don’t give legal advice for a living, make sure that no blame will be placed on them if something happens to you while using their service, and all that jazz. There’s a special disclaimer section near the middle that makes it very clear that they aren’t making any claims regarding the quality of work that you are going to receive when connecting with someone through this service. They’re strictly the middle man.
There is a section of the user agreement that is worth noting, mandating that users must be 14 years of age to use in the United States. This was kind of surprising considering I’ve never come across a 14-year-old on LinkedIn before, but if you’re out there more power to you!
How do you connect on LinkedIn ProFinder?
Connecting with freelancers or business owners is quite simple. You use keywords and tags to search for the fields that you either want assistance in or are seeking work in. Below is a list of the services that are currently featured.
LinkedIn ProFinder Services
Do I need LinkedIn ProFinder?
If you’re a business person in any way shape or form, or you have a talent that fits one of the services about and would like to make some money… LinkedIn ProFinder is for you. Remember, much like LinkedIn, the Linked ProFinder service is a highly visible and professional environment. It is imperative that that you conduct yourself in the same manner as you would doing business in any other setting.
What Does LinkedIn ProFinder Cost?
Right now, the service is being provided free of charge to both businesses and freelancers. There is a very likely chance that LinkedIn will start charging for the services at some point. They are a business oriented service and it wouldn’t make any sense for theirs if they weren’t constantly looking for better ways to monetize and to grow.
I’ve noticed that just as is the case with other social media networks these days, LinkedIn is putting a very strong emphasis on their publisher network. This works great on both ends as they’re getting free content to push their ads alongside, and the user receives publicity and possible obtains work, from their publication.
Getting your profile started on LinkedIn ProFinder is very simple. The process is quick and easy!