Information about BoatEasy

How it works

How BoatEasy Works

BoatEasy is an online marketplace platform for the boating community. Boaters, businesses, and professionals in the marine industry can use BoatEasy to connect and share services, products, and expertise.

Post to BoatEasy
Quickly and easily create a post on BoatEasy. Just click the Post to BoatEasy button. Creating a post is free and only takes a few minutes. Create a post for your business, any services you'd like to offer to boaters near you, or anything you have for sale. Add a few pictures, a description, and your done. See the "creating a great post" section below for some tips on how to make your post standout.

Find What You Need

Whether you're looking for someone to help take care of your boat, a captain to show you the ropes, or a great deal on gear from other boaters, BoatEasy is for you. Search by category or just type what you're looking for and your location into the search bar and easily find what you're looking for. BoatEasy's members offer thousands of different services to boaters around the country and boaters can use it to easily buy and sell gear, parts, and even boats.

Buy With Confidence
BoatEasy's payment solutions make buying and selling easy and affordable. Buy and sell things, pay for services or bill clients using BoatEasy's payment gateways. Payments are handled by Stripe and PayPal allowing you to securely buy and sell just about anything boating related. BoatEasy's users use their real name so you always know who you're doing business and you can help the community by leaving feedback on any transactions you participate in.

Posting an Offering

BoatEasy's marketplace allows users to post offerings for just about anything boating related. Whether you need something done or you're looking to offer your services, there are a few things you can do to make your offering stand out. When it comes to posting an offering, pictures and details are everything. Provide a detailed description of what you are offering and what kind of experience you have. If you would like to provide several different things, that's great, just be sure to post them as separate offerings in their appropriate categories. You can include a link in one post to other posts you've made so users viewing one offering can see the full extent of your services. If you have a YouTube video of your product or service, feel free to embed it in your post as well.

Our Fee

At BoatEasy we charge a fee of 2% on all transactions handled through the site. In addition BoatEasy uses PayPal and Stripe for payment processing allowing buyers to pay with a credit card, debit card, or their PayPal account and merchants to receive funds to their PayPal account or in the case of Stripe, directly to their bank account. Both PayPal and Stripe charge their own fees for processing transactions. PayPal charges a fee of 2.9% + .30 per transaction and Stripe charges 2.9% + .30 per transaction. All fees with a complete breakdown of BoatEasy's fee and PayPal or Stripe's fee are shown prior to checkout. If you have any questions about our fee or how it works, just ask.

Creating a Great Post

Quality PhotosOne of the most important aspects of creating a high quality post is including photos of your product or service. Include photos relating to what you’re offering such as before and after pictures from a recent project or pictures of what you’re offering. We realize this can be difficult for some services but having several quality pictures helps customers get a better sense of what you’re offering and makes your post stand out from those without pictures. In addition to photos, if you have YouTube videos you can embed them directly in your post.

Clear and Readable DescriptionHaving a great description of your business is key. Your description doesn’t have to be long, what it does need to be is easily readable. Feel free to include details such as your location and the distance you’re willing to travel, availability, your experience, and any thing else you think is relevant. Be descriptive of the services you’re offering and give potential customers a reasonable idea of what your pricing is.

Creating VerificationAlready have a website or Facebook profile for your business? Great, you can include a link to it in your post on BoatEasy by copy and pasting it into your listing. Potential customers can then follow it in order to learn more about your business. BoatEasy also offers users the option to create a profile where you can provide a brief bio about yourself and your experience. Creating a profile, linking your post to your site or page, or doing both help establish trust with potential customers.

Offering Multiple ServicesWant to offer multiple services to boaters? Perfect! BoatEasy’s platform is designed to make it easy for users to search for a wide variety of services through categories. Creating a listing in the appropriate category makes it easy for users searching for a specific service to find it by searching by their location in that category. So for example if your business offer boat detailing as well as boat cleaning, you can create one listing in the boat detailing category and another within the appropriate boat cleaning category. Additionally, if you decide to offer multiple listings, you can include links to your other listings on BoatEasy in your posts allowing users to easily view your other offerings. 

Optimizing Your LocationBoatEasy's platform uses Google Maps for location data. Make sure the location you selected for your post is close to where you actually work. Someone searching for services by location will view results by distance from the location they searched for so it can help, especially if you are a mobile service provider, to choose a location close to where you usually work.

Members
BoatEasy strives to cultivate a community of boaters dedicated to helping other boaters. Users are encouraged to sign-up using their Facebook accounts or fill out their profile so other members can put a face to who they're dealing with. BoatEasy's platform was created to facilitate connections between our users based on ease of access, transparency, and trust. We encourage users to share their experience with other BoatEasy users by leaving a review. We are dedicated to building a strong community here at BoatEasy, and would love to hear from you with any questions, ideas, or suggestions - contact us.

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