In this article, we'll describe the inner workings of your various profile settings. To access them, click the gear icon at the top of the page and select Settings from the drop-down menu.
In your Settings panel, you should be able to see a section titled Profile in the sidebar to the left. It lists five tabs: About, Photos, Vehicles and Trailers, Verifications, and Category Offerings.
Let's go through these one at a time. Click the About tab to start.
As you can see, the About tab is used to provide your prospects with more details about who you are and what you bring to the table, and your business which will appear on the top of your profile page as a part of the background and experience section. If you are unsure how to best present yourself, you may find the examples and templates used in this video useful.
Another very important component when it comes to leaving a good first impression are your photos. You can access your gallery either from the main settings screen or from the Settings tab options under the profile section.
Photos are a great way to improve your profile and reduce customer anxiety. In addition to what's shown in the screenshot above, here's a couple more tips on getting the best shots for your profile:
- Get plenty of natural light. Go outside or stand by a big window.
- Don’t do hip shots or webcam shots in poor light. (These can look a bit eerie 😬)
- Try to appear positive and professional. Smiling is recommended.
- For your main profile pic, choose one with your face in it. This is the first impression your customers will receive, and they’ll want to see a person they can trust rather than some van.
In addition to personal photos, feel free to also upload any of the following:
- Sights from the road. These help customers see what it'll be like working with you.
- Snaps of your vehicle. Customers will want to visualize how their pet fits inside your car.
- Special equipment. If transporting cargo that needs special gear, it's a good idea to show it.
Vehicles & Trailers
A recently released feature, Vehicles and Trailers tab allows you to showcase your equipment to your prospect customers and create a higher sense of trust in your ability to provide an excellent service.
To learn more about best practices when it comes to adding Vehicles and Trailers onto your account, visit this resource center article.
OK, so let's move on to the Verifications tab now. If you're editing your profile for the first time, it should look something like this:
This is where you can submit the information necessary for us to run your identity and background check - phone number, physical address, etc. Click here for more information on these checks and how they can be expedited.
Once you are verified on these three your profile will look like this:
If you have any additional licenses or certificates you'd like displayed on your profile, you can email our support team and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Finally, the last step on completing your profile is to let your customers know more about the services you plan on providing along the journey and the additional equipment to facilitate these. For example, if your customers can get GPS trackers attached to their pets' collars for extra security, simply check the box next to "GPS Tracking" to let them know.
To begin the process of editing your Category Offerings, scroll all the way down to the bottom of your Settings page:
To add services and equipment click on the add category button, then select your preferred category from the dropdown menu and finish by choosing the services and equipment that you can provide at this time. When done, simply click the Save button:
This information will be clearly displayed on your profile page, accessible to all who visits it:
And finally, here's a handy video tutorial summarizing all the information outlined above.
What to read next
For advice on making your first steps on the CitizenShipper platform, see Getting your bearings.
For advice on winning shipments, see Bidding and payments.