As a professional looking for clients, you’re probably wondering: what do LinkedIn ProFinder reviews by freelancers in your niche say about the service?
There are two main questions.
- Are people in your industry getting project requests?
- And, if they’re paying for LinkedIn Premium to get full access to the platform, is it worth it?
Find reviews from consultants and freelancers in these niches below: creative and graphic design services, career, resume and success coaches, writers and editors, and a couple consultants.
Keep in mind that LinkedIn ProFinder is a regional marketplace. Proposals are generally shared with freelancers within 100 miles of the business location. For that reason, freelancers in certain niches in specific geographic areas may get many more proposals, or higher level proposals, than those in the same niche in other areas.
Is LinkedIn’s New Freelance Marketplace Worth the Effort? Aja Frost, December 2015
This freelancer walks you through her experience with applying, setting up a profile, submitting a proposal and completing the project, complete with screenshots. Her assessment after an early trial: “I’m not sure yet. As of right now, there aren’t enough projects—I ended up applying to jobs that didn’t match up well with my strengths, because there weren’t any other options….Personally, I’ll probably treat ProFinder as a temporary solution during dry spells. The rest of the time, I’ll rely on referrals, cold pitches, and job requests from people who’ve read my work. For LinkedIn, it’s obvious there’s a lot of work to be done before ProFinder becomes a viable platform for regular use—assuming it ever does.”
LinkedIn ProFinder: A Design Freelancer’s Review Matthew McMaster, Graphic Designer May 2017
McMaster likes that Profinder uses a first-come first-serve approach to bidding on jobs. These are conveniently organized in a Client Requests tab. And each job has a maximum of 5 proposals. This limits your competition and focuses attention on a few, well qualified providers.
“My review up until that price point had probably seemed pretty great. But here’s the kicker – I had absolutely NO success using the ProFinder platform. 10 free proposals are not enough to really get a solid feeling as to whether or not you’re going to want to pay $60 a month to keep it going. On top of that, in the several months that I had been on the platform, very few jobs actually appeared in my queue. The high price and the slow trickle of client requests completely turned me off to the platform. Of course, LinkedIn offers a 1 month free trial of its Premium service so that you can continue using the ProFinder platform for 30 more days – which, if I’m being honest, I will probably do.”
Career Coaches and Resume Prep
Success Coach’s Review of LinkedIn ProFinder – And Her Class On It Pat Roque, Career and Success Coach
Speaker, success coach and author Pat Roque claims that “LinkedIn’s ProFinder has catapulted my business.” While ProFinder usually works well in the career and coaching niches, Pat’s volume of requests is amazing. She sometimes receives 22-24 leads per day, often flooding in five to ten at a time.
LinkedIn ProFinder Celebrates Year One, Touting Strong Freelancer Demand Nader Mowlaee, an engineer career coach
Now, Nader Mowlaee, an engineer career coach, says that now “over 80% of my leads are coming through ProFinder.”
Starting a small business with big business resources. Briar Dougherty February 2017
“Aside from referrals, my largest source of new clients comes from LinkedIn Profinder, which has been nothing shy of an asset for my company. .. LinkedIn Profinder has allowed me to source new business and select who is and is not a good fit for my expertise and current bandwidth. The process is simple, effective and resourceful. ..It’s a win-win scenario. As my business continued to scale quickly I reached out and have used Profinder to vet accountants and other professionals I need in order to maintain this growth.”
The Advantages of LinkedIn’s New ProFinder Program, Matt Warzel, March 2017
“I find this marketing tool to be a wonderful success story and believe it has even more to offer going forward. I know for me personally, I will probable be a lifelong premium member because the ROI outweighs the expense. For $60 a month roughly to gain membership, I find myself securing 1 lead per week at $150 per lead sold. Again, this only demonstrates the true value and bottom-line impact this wonderful service can create.”
LinkedIn ProFinder Your Way to Success! Follow-Up (Like a PRO), Carla Deter, March 2017
“I’ve been using LinkedIn ProFinder now for nearly a year. I cannot tell you how much it has propelled my business and simply increased my income and quality of life for my family.”
Helping Jobs Seekers Get from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘C’ with LinkedIn’s ProFinder Program! Marissa Marsala, 2017
“My experience with this new program has been nothing short of fantastic! …Within hours of signing up, I received three consulting invitations. I logged 75 requests in just the first 16 days! Since then, I have gotten hundreds of invitations. …Over the past five months, I have helped a steady stream of LI members to get from “Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B,’ and have also armed them with the tools they need to get to Point ‘C.’ …The Profinder program is a true “win/win.” …I have gained visibility, heightened my brand awareness, and exponentially expanded my paid coaching business.”
Writers and Editors
Powered By Its 450,000 Members, LinkedIn’s New Profinder Is a Service That Helps Clients Find You Patricia Moyer December 2016
“To date about 15% of the proposals have initiated a conversation, and I’m excited to report I haven’t lost one yet.” and also “…as long as you have a strong profile and a method for quick proposal response, the cost of joining should be minimal. I’ve earned back four times the yearly cost of Business Premium with my first two clients alone.”
LinkedIn Profinder for Freelance Writers: Pros and Cons John Soares, April 2017
“I used ProFinder for a month during the free trial, and then signed up for the service. The results were moderate. I entered several proposals, and managed to land two of them. Both were with companies I probably would not have landed any other way. One was $1100, while the other was a $600 gig and went pretty quickly.
So is it worth it? Well, a $1700 return on a $60 a month investment is not too bad, but it will take more time and development to see if this is a viable long-term solution. …But it is easy to submit proposals, and so far the time and money I’ve spent has not outweighed the benefits. It never hurts to try it for a month for free.”
LinkedIn ProFinder for Freelancers: Will It Help You Find Clients? Laura MacPherson
Laura MacPherson finds LinkedIn ProFinder worthwhile when she bids selectively. “‘I’ve had good luck with it, but I also don’t pitch 90 percent of the gigs on there,’ MacPherson says. She believes her selectiveness is part of her success. One of her current clients found her with ProFinder and hired her for ongoing work.
Earlier reviews, May 2016, can be found at Is LinkedIn ProFinder Worth Your Time as a Freelance Writing Professional?
Presentation training and executive speaking coach Paul LeRoux describes his first 60 days in this video, during the slow holiday time of December and January 2018. Two days after it was shot, he had two client from his leads.
A Day in the Life of a LinkedIn Pro–My Experience with ProFinder Suki Tranquille January 2017
Learn how this consultant discovered and tested ProFinder. His conclusion “…right now this [lack of charge] makes LinkedIn’s ProFinder the best platform for both professional consultants and clients who can enjoy the financial benefits of not having to pay the 20% fee that is typical on many freelance platforms.”
Writers of some of these LinkedIn ProFinder reviews say ProFinder is effective, especially career and executive coaches. Others are less enthusiastic, such as those in writing niches. In areas like law or home improvement, I see little evidence of traction when I search the internet. However, it’s still in the fairly early days. It will be interesting to see if LinkedIn drops the local market focus to increase the quantity of proposals available to freelancers in less populated areas.
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