Why You Should Have A ‘Hire Me’ Page On Your Website

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Hire Me Page

Today, I’m very happy to announce that I am launching my very own ‘Hire Me‘ page for this site! So you can now hire me to help you out with your own blog.

So for today’s post, I thought it would be a good idea to write about the benefits of having a ‘Hire Me’ page on your site and how you go about writing one.

What Is A ‘Hire Me’ Page?

Well, simply put, a ‘Hire Me’ page is a dedicated page on your website where you list all of the services that you are prepared to offer to people in return for some payment.

This could be literally anything!

  • Health & Fitness – Perhaps you run a health & fitness website. You could add a ‘Hire Me’ page letting people hire you as a personal trainer or getting you to write a individualized diet/exercise plan.
  • Fashion Design – You may be a young designer, running your own fashion blog. You could add a ‘Hire Me’ page letting people hire you to design them their own custom clothes.
  • Graphic Designer – Maybe you are a freelance graphic designer with a website. Adding a ‘Hire Me’ page would allow people to hire you to design a new logo for their company, or a set of posters/leaflets advertising their product.
  • Writer – You may be a freelance writer with your own website. Adding a ‘Hire Me’ page would allow you to offer your writing services to your readers, whether that’s; writing blog posts, reviews, stories, editing, etc.

Whatever skill you have, you could find people from across the world who would be happy to pay for your services. A ‘Hire Me’ page is simply a way of advertising your services online and finding more clients to work with.

I’m generally talking about adding a ‘Hire Me’ page to your existing website, but you don’t necessarily need to have your own blog. Many people make their own website for the sole purpose of advertising their services online. Either way, the same principles apply to writing out your own ‘Hire Me’ page.

How Should I Write Out My ‘Hire Me’ Page?

Writing

Now, before I start talking about this in more detail, remember that every ‘Hire Me’ page is different. Individuals are unique and offer a unique set of services to people. There is no blueprint to successfully advertising yourself!

Obviously, the most important part of your ‘Hire Me’ page is to clearly explain what services/skills you have and how you can help people. You won’t get any people hiring you if they don’t know what you are good at!

Write out your services clearly and concisely, preferably in a list. This way people can scan through what you have written to find the particular service that they are looking for. Try to write out your points with the reader in mind, for example, “I can help you with your business by…” or “I’ll help you achieve your goals by…”.

If you have any past work, then try to display it. If your a designer, link to a portfolio of your past work so people can see the quality of your work. If you can’t offer any visual examples, then perhaps a ‘Testimonial’ page would be appropriate, where you could get past clients to leave a comment about what you were like to work with. In some cases both may help to attract clients, but don’t be disheartened if you can’t offer any of these, especially if you are just starting out. Start out with a ‘Hire Me’ page and develop the others over time.

Lastly, make it easy for people to get in contact with you. A good way to do this is to place a contact form at the bottom of the page. That way, people can send you an email straight after reading through your page, should they be interested.

Should I List Prices/Costs?

Should You Display Prices On Hire Me Page

To display your prices or not to display prices. that is the question?

Browsing the internet on this subject, I found that there seems to be mixed views on this. Some people strongly suggest that you shouldn’t advertise your prices, whereas some advise listing your prices.

Of course, the decision is up to you, but I’m of the opinion that you should list your prices! I say this because I think people are more willing to consider hiring someone if they know roughly what it is going to cost them. It would be frustrating to research an individual, consider how they could help me, talk to them about what I was looking for, only to then find out that they charge $100,000 an hour! (that’s an exaggeration I know).

I do, however, think that you should be flexible with your prices. If you list all your prices as non-negotiable (i.e. Set in stone), then you may put off some individuals. I list my prices, but I clearly state that they are negotiable because every client will be different. Some may want lots of help, whereas some may only need a little bit, so a flexible price structure is more beneficial.

So, to summarizer, I’d advise listing your prices BUT making it clear to people that these prices are guideline prices and are negotiable. That way, people have an idea of what you will cost them should they choose to hire you.

But what do you think? Do you prefer not to list your prices, or do you agree that listing prices is beneficial? Do you have your own ‘Hire Me’ page yet and if so, are there any other things that you include that aren’t mentioned here? Please leave your comments below.

About Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the founder and editor of OnlineIncomeTeacher. He is a Professional Blogger, SEO Consultant & Web Developer, running a number of sites from the UK. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • Andi (the Minion) Leeman

    Excellent article, I recently read about why you should have a personal website even if you are not an Internet Marketer of any kind. They can be shown to future employers and have had a huge impact on people’s employability with new bosses hiring them on the strength of their site.

    Having a hire me page makes so much sense, it can highlight your talents and skills to a whole new set of people, and set you up with a network of future clients.

    Big debate on the pricing, I agree show the price and people can make a decision or at least they have a starting point if they decide to haggle, I knew a person who sold paintings but did not put prices on those he had on the shop walls, his idea was that the client would ask then he was already in a position of dialogue.

    He never changed his prices though so any dialogue was pretty short lived anyway. Usually he was told ‘oh ok no thanks’

    I believe most people won’t ask, they like to know up front and if you do not show prices they believe that either you are very pricey or you have something to hide. I tend to think like that, on the rare occasion that I ask, I am expecting it to be more than I am prepared to pay and that I am likely to say ‘no thanks’ It’s rare that I am wrong. No matter how long they talk to me, I will not buy.

    The other point is this, if you decide on what you want to charge, and it is higher than some people are prepared to pay, you have saved yourself a lot of time and effort having to deal with these people asking for information and prices for them only to say ‘no thanks’.

    People who know the price and still contact you are more likely to buy your services and it is worth investing your time into cultivating that relationship with them. Kind of a wheat and chaff situation. Your time is very important when it comes to business so why tie it up discussing prices with people who will ultimately not buy.

    Great article and I look forward to your next one.
    Andi

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      I totally agree with you on the price debate. As I mention in the article, there is a split of opinion on the subject, but I think you highlight some of the key benefits for listing your prices. I think it does help to attract clients because they have a clearer idea of what you are going to charge them.

      I myself have, in the past, looked into hiring people to help me with my SEO (before I learnt how to do it myself) but I felt put off because non of the sites were listing their prices. They were listing all the fantastic services that they offered, which made me think that it was going to cost a fortune.

      We are still living in difficult financial times, with people being more reluctant about spending their money. Being open and honest about your services/prices helps to build trust and confidence between you and the client.

      I also agree with you that it helps to save time. It can be frustrating to send a series of emails back-and-forth over a period of time, to then find out that they can’t afford your services.

      Thanks for the great comment Andi!

  • http://www.notordinaryblogger.com/ Okto

    Hi Matt,

    Nice topics here. This is the real way make money from a blog (at least in my opinion). Actually I am on my way to make “hire me” page but I am still figure out how it should be, thanks to your post here that give me more enlightment.

    I think the important aspect to be considered if I want to disclose “hire me” page is the credibility. If we have a good credibility I think the clients won’t bother the prices :) and we need some time to build credibility.

    But having “negotiable” in the price list services is a smart move indeed.

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      I think you’re right about credibility. Having a ‘Hire Me’ page is all well and good, but without some sort of credibility people may be putt off. I’d been planning to launch my ‘Hire Me’ page for a few months, but I felt that I should concentrate on building up my website credibility first. This way, potential clients can see that I can actually produce a half decent site, and that I’m not a charlatan claiming that I can do things when I can’t.

      Good luck with your own ‘Hire Me’ page. I hope this post will be able to help you out writing your own.

      Thanks for the comment Okto!

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  • http://twitter.com/AskWillOnline Will Green

    This is a really good post, first time I’ve been on your site Matt. I do think a lot of Blogger’s have skills that others would pay for. The problem is that they don’t know their skills are valuable! Especially if you are a website where someone has entered it looking for help, you may find a Hire Page is the perfect companion.

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Well firstly, welcome to OnlineIncomeTeacher!!

      I agree with you, many bloggers have valuable skills that they could be utilizing, but they don’t realize it. Perhaps it’s because their isn’t any face-to-face contact with websites, so bloggers don’t realize how helpful they are being. I felt the same way when I first started, but since creating my own ‘Hire Me’ page I’ve become much more confident in my own abilities. I just wish I’d created one sooner.

      Thanks for the comment Will!