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 you're done. See the "creating a great post" section below for 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 has thousands of members offering services to boaters around the country and boaters can use the site 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 using your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. If you're receiving payment for an item you have for sale or a service you offer, funds go directly to your bank account if you choose to use Stripe or to your PayPal account. 

Where Can I Use BoatEasy?

BoatEasy is a web based platform so anywhere you have access to the internet, you can use BoatEasy to connect with other boaters and buy and sell items. When it comes to service providers, we currently have listings all over the US, feel free to check out our map view found here. Don't see any listings near you? Why not be the first and create a post, there are boaters all over the world. Being the first to post somewhere has the added benefit of making your post extremely visible to anyone else searching in your area. If you're looking for something in particular and can't find it where you're located, send us a message and we'll see what we can do to help.

User Reviews

In order to create transparency and trust within the BoatEasy community we encourage members to sign up using their real name and allow members to easily leave a review for any transaction they participated in. Reviews are a key feature of BoatEasy and help create a community of boaters, businesses, and professionals that is accountable for their interactions with other users. We encourage users to leave a review after transactions to help build trust and accountability within the BoatEasy community. It's important to note that reviews work both ways, businesses and sellers on BoatEasy can leave reviews for customers as well as the more traditional use of reviews by customers to review businesses.

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.

Transparent Pricing - After your photos catch someone's eye, they will usually look at the price you're charging. At BoatEasy we are frequently asked by users how much they should charge for something, particularly when it comes to services. While BoatEasy has no say in what our users decide to charge, our response is always the same, charge a rate that you consider fair for what you're offering. Lower prices don't always equate to more successful posts since users are willing to pay a higher rate for quality services or items. Be up front about what you charge when discussing your rate with a customer and make sure to mention any additional fees or charges that could be involved.

Search Friendly - Many of our users find posts through a keyword search through their preferred search engine. Make your post and especially your post's title as visible as possible by including relevant keywords that someone searching is likely to use. If for instance you offer boat cleaning in Miami, your post title should include boat cleaning in Miami, with any adjectives you use to describe your service as well. 

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.

Get Reviews - Nothing makes a post stand out like great reviews. Whether you're selling something or offering a service, encourage your customers to leave a review that other users can see. This is the easiest way to build trust and let potential customers know that what you're offering is the real deal.

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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