Other sites like Craigslist and Fiverr.com also advertise individuals as opposed to companies, but as Schwadron points out, posts on these sites expire after a period of time and often get lost in the shuffle. By comparison, Betterfly essentially operates as a free search engine full of permanent listings for specialists. The site takes into account more than two dozen specific factors including price, location, skill level and the experts that friends of the user recommend in order to match that user with a specialist.
Of course, the downside of any service that connects users with individuals rather than companies is that it can be hard to tell initially how reputable those specialists are. Betterfly’s solution to this is allowing users to rate experts with whom they’ve done business, but since the site only just launched, there are relatively few ratings right now.
Check out this MainStreet piece on ways to tell if an online business is trustworthy.
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